YRARC Field Day

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In Canada, it is sponsored by the ARRL and is the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 10,000 operators participating each year.

Since the first Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.

To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant's operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and YRARC also engages in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.). Operations run continuously for twenty-four hours, providing all operators with a chance to try out the various stations running at the site. The club also takes advantage of the extra points for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity.

Also in 2015 we will, for the first time, be participating the SPAR Winter Field Day on January 24th and 25th starting at 8AM. Operations commence at Noon and will be located in our usual meeting place at the Sharon Temperance Hall.

Our next ARRL field day will be June 26 and 27, 2015 at Al's Tack Shop in Stouffville, Ontario. We hope to see you there.