Field Day

The 2014 OARC Field Day team

What is Field Day?

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 18:00 UTC Saturday and running through 20:59 UTC Sunday. More than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

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Event details

Please refer to the ARRL Field Day webpage for full details and rules. In Canada, Field Day is sponsored by Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC).

One objective of Field Day is to contact as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20,15 and 10 m HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.

Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

Each claimed contact must include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact. Initiation of a contact may be either locally or by remote.

OARC participation

Members of the OARC have participated in Field Day for many years, and continue to do so. Details of this year’s plans are posted at 2022-06-25 ARRL/RAC Field Day.

Please note that these plans are fluid for two reasons: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and major construction at the proposed Field Day site.

Past Field Days

To be posted as available – both descriptions and photos.