Calling all radio amateurs…calling all radio amateurs!
Welcome to the HRAC page dedicated to the 2023 ARRL Field Day event. This page will be a dedicated resource to learn not only about Field Day itself, but also be aware of the specific HRAC club operations and events that will be taking place in celebration of this event.
ARRL Field Day on the fourth full weekend of June every year (24 JUN 23 – 25 JUN 23) is the opportunity for thousands of amateur radio enthusiasts throughout the U.S and Canada to set up temporary communications stations and make contact with like-minded people. Licensed radio operators (often called “Hams”) spend the weekend practicing community outreach, emergency preparedness, and technical skills. It’s basically radio heaven.
A contest is held each year with individuals, clubs, and teams trying to make contact with as many stations as possible over 24 hours. Field Day 2023 will take place on June 24 and June 25 with over 35,00 people expected to take part. It begins at 18:00 UTC Saturday and runs through 20:59 UTC Sunday. Pack your camping equipment, throw up some temporary antennas, and spin the dials on your radio, because this not-to-be-missed event is rich in history, tradition, and technology.
More on ARRL Field Day 2023 to come including official press releases and images (seems we are even ahead of the ARRL on this one)! However, as we are preparing this page in its entirety for 2023, please check out the details from ARRL Field Day 2022 below…
ARRL Field Day 2022
ARRL Field Day is always held on the 4th full weekend in June. So this year it will take place June 25th and 26th.
For those that are new or unfamiliar with Field Day, Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.
To learn more about the Field Day event and purpose, or to share with other interested parties, please check out the “What is Field Day” printable PDF flier.
HRAC Field Day Operations and Events
The specific operations and events for the Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club surrounding Field Day 2022 are still in the envisioning and planning stages. However, we are approved to have Field Day at Memorial Lake State Park on Saturday, June 25th. We will setup at the parking area on the Lower Road. This is the same location as last years 9/11 Special Event. Arrive at 1000 to setup. The park closes at sunset which is 2041. There are charcoal grills that we can use for cooking. The ARRL rules allow for operating from home and crediting the club and we are going to discuss how this will work at the Elmer Time at the May meeting.
Please stay tuned and return often for breaking news and information regarding HRAC Field Day Operations and Events.
HRAC Field Day Location Map
GPS Coordinates – Lower Road Parking Lot
Field Day Contesting
Again, ARRL Field Day is always held on the 4th full weekend in June. So this year it will take place June 25th and 26th. In addition to being ham radio’s open house and serving as a community learning experience and more, it also offers an annual contest. The objective is to contact as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20,15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.
Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.
Each claimed contact must include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact. Initiation of a contact may be either locally or by remote.
For additional information and specific rules and regulations, please visit the ARRL Field Day page at ARRL.org.
Here are some additional documents and information relating to Field Day and should be reviewed in detail!
Logging Quick Start Guide: This was created just for HRAC Members explaining how to perform Club Scoring as an Individual Operator
2022 ARRL Field Day Packet: Your complete guide to ARRL Field Day 2022
QST Field Day Insert: Even more information regarding ARRL Field Day 2022
2022 W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule: Make contacts with the OG Operators!
Field Day on Social Media!
To follow and continue to learn more about Field Day and to stay engaged with other participants, check out the Field Day Facebook page: