Welcome to ARRL Field Day

A Ham Radio “Open House”

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air radio event in the US and Canada. It’s held on the fourth weekend of June  every year, and more than 35,000 radio amateurs (known  as “hams”) gather to get on the air from parks, campgrounds,  historic sites, and other places — mostly outdoors, which  is why the event is called Field Day! ARRL Field Day is  also an opportunity for radio amateurs to show the public  all the things ham radio does. Hams like to think of it as  an “open house” where non-hams can learn about  amateur radio.

The Lubbock Amateur Radio Club will be open to the public at noon on Saturday the 27th until noon on Sunday the 28th. The event will last 24 hours as we put our radios and operating on display.   Feel free to come hang out, learn, and even talk on the radio!  Please contact me if you would like more information.


Brandon Kimbrell K5BEK
LARC Secretary

What is Field Day?

It’s a Contest

Some hams compete against others to see who can contact more people on the air, or even competing  with themselves to see if they can do better than they did last year. The temporary, outdoor, battery-and- generator-powered setups that are a hallmark of Field Day present an extra challenge for hams who may  be used to getting on the air from their home stations.

It’s Emergency Training
Some ham groups use ARRL Field Day to practice their emergency response capabilities. Ham radio has  been called into action again and again to provide communications support in crises when it really matters.  Hams also use these skills to help with events such as marathons, parades, fairs, and other planned, non- emergency activities.

It’s Fun

ARRL Field Day brings radio amateurs together for a weekend of teamwork, friendly competition, skill  building, and time spent with old and new friends — both in person and on the air. Many ham radio groups  organize picnics, cookouts, campouts, games, and other activities to make their Field Day operations even  more fun.

What is the ARRL?

ARRL is the national membership association for amateur radio in the US. We provide opportunities to discover radio, develop skills and service your local community. Our mission is to advance the art, science  and enjoyment of amateur radio.

What is Amateur Radio?

Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. The worldwide  community of licensed “ham” operators use the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications  technology, from Morse code, to microphones, to bouncing signals off the moon. Ham radio operators can  be any age, come from any background and all enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data, and  pictures through the air to places near and far, without depending on commercial systems.

The amateur radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where individuals  can experiment with wireless communications.

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