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ARRL Field Day

So what is Field Day?

As described by the event sponsor, the ARRL, Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 40,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.


WB6RER & Field Day

Each year WB6RER has celebrated Field Day at various locations around Kingman AZ. This past Field Day (2019) we setup operations in a large open field across from The Mother Road Harley Davidson dealership, just yards from Interstate 40 and less than a quarter mile off Historic Route 66. Among the various communications occurring on site, WB6RER also operated a "Go-To" station, the purpose of which is to let visitors, unlicensed or licensed, especially interested young adults, to "get on the air" and have a taste of Amateur radio. This of course is under the supervision of a licensed operator. Nevetheless, "guest operators" are able to directly converse with other amateur radio operators and, perhaps "guest operators" at a remote Field Day site, many hundreds or even thousands of miles away!

This year WB6RER had a special guest appearence by "traveling video blogger" and fellow amateur radio operator, Kevin Loughin, KB9RLW who, while in the kingman AZ area, made a point of visiting and interviewing the members at a couple of the local Field Day operations. Kevin's Field Day video can be viewed here

So when and where does this all happen?

Field Day is always held on the last full weekend in June. The official start time is 18:00 UTC Saturday, and ends at 20:59 UTC Sunday. Here in Kingman AZ, UTC time translates a local (MST) start time of 11:00AM Saturday, with an ending time of 1:59PM Sunday.

As to the where, discussions regarding the next WB6RER Field Day operation site typically begin after the new year, and shapes up over the months leading up to the event. Once a location is determined, all pertenent information will be posted on the News page of this website, which can be found here.

Additionally, the ARRL offers a Field Day Site Locator, where you can search for Field Day operations in your area and nationally.





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