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The following information is courtesy of the American Radio Relay League

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, more than 40,000 Radio Amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practise 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 practise 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. We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fundraisers 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 – Amateur Radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Radio Amateurs are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

Contact your municipality for support, your news crews to drop by for important coverage to help raise the Amateur Radio profile within the community, and invite your government leaders to drop by your site.

Don’t forget to share your Field Day stories with us!

We would love to hear about your Field Day activities and would be happy to consider them for publication in The Canadian Amateur magazine. Please send them to us by using our online “Members Stories” form or by sending it directly to .

Don’t forget to follow Field Day on via Twitter using #ARRLFD and #RACFD and share your stories with RAC on Facebook at

For full Field Day rules and details, please see the text below or visit the ARRL website. Have fun!

2017 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25

Source: the American Radio Relay League

Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!



To work as many stations as possible on any and all Amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-metre bands) 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.


Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2017 is June 24-25.


Any Amateur Radio band except 12, 17, 30 and 60 metres.

Log Submission Deadline

Entries must be postmarked, emailed or submitted by Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Late entries cannot be accepted. To view logs received see

Contact Information

For Field Day information contact ARRL: or (860) 594-0236.


Field Day is not a contest; no certificates are awarded.

Visit the ARRL website for more information.