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ARRL Field Day

posted Mar 9, 2015, 7:05 AM by Mills County Amateur Radio Club   [ updated Jul 1, 2018, 4:42 PM ]

According to ARRL.com, ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate.

ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity. 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, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community leaders, key individuals with 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.

The members of the Mills County Amateur Radio Club, like most other participating hams, treat Field Day as a combination social event, picnic, camp-out, competition, as well as a demonstration of our ability to quickly set up and operate several radio stations not connected to the commercial power grid. Each year we learn something new; each year things seem to go a little smoother.

We are justifiably proud of our hobby and welcome every opportunity to show off what we can do. Anyone (old enough to read!) with an interest in communicating by radio is welcome to drop in at our Field Day site. You will be warmly greeted and given the opportunity to see what fun Amateur Radio can be.

Check out our Recent Field Day Scores and Awards .

Rondel Stevens, Cotton Inks, Jack and Lynn Garner at CW station
Rondel Stevens, Cotton Inks, Lynn and Jack Garner at CW Station

AF5KG and WA5NQR at the voice station
Ronnie Head and Rose Lee Head at voice station

Mike and Melissa Pansini loaned equipment for the GOTA station
Mike and Melissa Pansini loaned their equipment for the GOTA station

Derek, Mikaela, and Logan Pausewang ran the GOTA station
Logan, Derek, and Mikaela Pausewang manned the GOTA station

Gary McFadden and his wife visited from Colorado
Mikaela and Derek Pausewang welcomed the Gary McFaddens from Colorado

NTSEC Matthew Morris K5ICR visited us
North Texas Section Manager, Matthew Morris K5ICR, stopped by.