Tony, WA8ARField Day Chairman
This year Field Day is back, and will be held June 26/27!! Field Day is, without a doubt, the largest operating event for PCARS every year. Traditionally for PCARS, Field Day has also been a major social event, however, because of lingering COVID concerns and restrictions we will need to suspend the social activities (no big dinner!!) and concentrate our efforts on practicing our emergency operating skills while competing with other clubs. Our goal is be #1 in the US in our operating class (Class 4A). We came very close to achieving that goal back in 2019 …. We can do it this year! There will be plenty of opportunities for club members to operate or log during FD and/or to volunteer to help set stations (antennas) before FD and tear everything back down when it is all over. We will be returning to the Freedom Township Park again this year as our Field Day operating base.
During the next eight weeks, station Captains for 40 meter phone; 20 meter phone; Flex Station (phone, digital, CW); dedicated CW station, and the VHF station will be putting out requests for operators/loggers to fill their operating schedules. In addition we will be looking for volunteers to help setup and tear down. Whether you want to operate in the biggest Ham Radio annual contest or help erect antennas for 5 stations (in less than 2 hours) this will be a great experience for everyone who participates. We can’t do it without YOU!! Stay tuned for much more information and requests for help over the next two months.
Remember that, first and foremost, Field Day is a national simulated emergency communications drill. What we will do on June 26/27 is exactly what we would have to do in the event of a major national disaster. The FCC and Homeland Security already recognize the fact that when all other communications systems get knocked out, Amateur Radio could be the last communications network still operational.
Note that all of the rules governing ARRL Field Day can be found on the ARRL website.
(The preceding is from the May, 2021 issue of our award-winning newsletter; The radiogram.
Please enjoy these pictures of our 2019 Field Day.
What is Field Day? According to the Field Day page at arrl.org, Field Day is Ham Radio’ s Open House. During this years Field Day Weekend (June 24/25), the Freedom Community Park was transformed into a Ham Radio communications complex capable of talking around the world.