Field Day / Picnic
Field Day Story
Where the spirit of Amateur Radio Past joins forces with the Next
Generation of Innovations, Interests and Individuals!!!
ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air operating event in amateur radio. On the fourth full
weekend in June, tens of thousands of amateur radio operators gather for a public demonstration of
our service. Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event
and ALL about FUN!
Amateur radio is about knowledge and growth. It is a hobby and service that truly offers something
for everyone. Amateur Radio embraces both the old and new.
While CW may no longer be a testing element, it is still a strong and favorite operating mode for
many. Tens of thousands of operators are embracing digital technologies, from RTTY to newer digital
modes like PSK31 and Olivia. Phone operation, probably the largest segment of the hobby, also has
new frontiers to be explored with digitized voice, VOIP, and IRLP. And this is why Field Day the
largest annual on-the-air operating event is so exciting. It gives all the old timer and the
newcomer, the brass-pounder and the computer assisted operator the chance to share and teach the
broad range of modes and technologies we find in our hobby.
Field Day is truly the time in which we bring amateur radio to Main Street USA.
By setting up in parking lots, malls, Emergency Operations Centers, parks and even at home, amateur
operators learn skills that will allow them to better serve their communities. Setting up in these
public venues gives added public relations value their friends and neighbors can see and experience
the fun and public service capability that their ham radio neighbors bring to the community.
Join in the fun! For more information on amateur radio and the ARRL the national organization for
Amateur Radio visit www.arrl.org