AARL Radio Field Day

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Amateur Radio Field Day will be held at The Grove at the Heritage Square Pavilion June 24-25, for 24 continuous hours beginning at 12 noon on Saturday. The free event is to educate the public about the services provided by amateur radio operators around the world. Pictured is Gabriel Kemp at the 2016 Field Day, on air with other amateur radio operators as amateur radio operator Chris Fuselier stands by.

Three Event Highlights

1. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Amateur Radio Field Day will be held at The Grove at the Heritage Square Pavilion, June 24-25, for 24 continuous hours beginning at 12 noon on Saturday and continuing through Sunday at 12 noon. The event is a joint endeavor between the Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) and American Radio Emergency Services (ARES). Amateur radio operators are encouraged to come set up their equipment on Friday in preparation for the weekend event.

2. ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

Field Day demonstrates the amateur radio operator’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent communications network.

Using just batteries and/or generators the amateur operators are able to mobilize millions of dollars of resources in emergency situations, working closely with such volunteer organizations as The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

3. A Get On the Air (GOTA) station will be open for anyone wanting to try their hand at making radio contacts.

Everyone is welcome to participate in GOTA, including new and inactive radio operators and those who do not yet have a license. A licensed radio operator will be on hand to help with the radio and microphone and participants will earn a certificate. For more information about Field Day, contact Sulphur Amateur Radio Club Inc. at W5SUL@qsl.net.

If You Decide to Go

WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 12 p.m. through Sunday, June 25, 12 p.m.

WHERE: The Grove at Heritage Square in Sulphur located at 1211 Ruth Street.

The event is free and open to amateur operators and the public.