Field Day 2015
Fun for ALL Ages
Saturday, June 27th 11 AM, thru
Sunday, June 28th 11 AM, tear-down.
Kearny Mesa Park & Recreation Center, Park Area.
Mesa College Drive & Armstrong Street.
Field Day Locator
Enter CA, click Convair/220 Club
For more information on our local Clairemont Club
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all fun! ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and CANADA.
On this weekend more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs to participate in the Field Day Contest. 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.
The Contest is simply to contact as many other Stations as possible, to learn how to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. We use these same skills when we help with large. preplanned, non-emergency events such as: marathons; bike-a-thons; walk-a-thons; parades; and fairs. Amateur Radio Operators (also called “hams”) have been called into action again and again to provide communication in crisis when it really matters. But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems – or maybe because they are so complex – ham radio are well known for our communication support in real disaster and post – disaster situations.
What is Amateur Radio? Often called “ham radio”, the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. It’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. The range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks, normal folks like you and me who want to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, without depending on commercial systems. The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications.
What is the ARRL? The American Radio Relay League is the 150.000+ member national association for Amateur Radio in the USA. It is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.