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Due to the Excessive Heat forecast, we are not going to have our normal meeting on Tuesday June 20, 2017.

What is Field Day?

ARRL Field day 2017 LogoARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather to operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest, and most of all, FUN!

It is a time where Amateur Radio Operators come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, others use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to various organizations what place 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 contest part is simply. Contact as many other stations as possible and learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.

We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons, bike-a-thons or fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons. Celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio operators (also called “hams”) are well known for communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

Read more at the ARRL Field Day Web Page:

Location of our Field Day

Members of the Desert RATS club try our best to live by this code at all times.

The Radio Amateur Is:

* CONSIDERATE…never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

* LOYAL…offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

* PROGRESSIVE…with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and knowledge above reproach.

* FRIENDLY…slow and patient operating when requested; friendly
advise and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

* BALANCED…radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

* PATRIOTIC…station and skill always ready for service to country
and community.

Location of the Monthly Meetings

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