ARRL Field Day – 2022 9:00AM-4:00PM EDT
For 2022 we have been approved for a special event permit for our field day at the Bandy Creek Visitors Center, We will be in the parking lot across from the Visitors Center (151 Stable Road, Oneida, TN 37841). Just bring a chair and your own lunch as we will have a 2-meter for a talk-in and an HF radio and antenna for your use. This will be a ‘Get On The Air Station’ meaning we will have a licensed operator so that if you have a technician license or just interested in radio we will get you on the air!
Since we will be in the Big South Fork National River Recreation Area we will also activate as a ‘Parks On The Air Station’ (POTA) which should be a lot of fun. We will take care of all the POTA paperwork leaving you free to make contact after contact (depending on band conditions).
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends 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 many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to 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 contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
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 people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; 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.