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New RAC Field Day Ragchew:

RAC has scheduled two Google Meets and we invite participants to drop by and talk about their Field Day operations and experiences during the event. Please see below for more information.

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RAC President Phil A. McBride, VA3QR, will be operating as VA3RAC 1B ONS from Memorial Park in Meaford, Ontario on Georgian Bay.

RAC Community Services Officer Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT, will be once again be in the Southern Ontario area visiting sites and providing feedback on the RAC social media platforms.

New RAC Field Day Ragchew:

RAC has scheduled two Google Meets and we invite participants to drop by and talk about their Field Day operations and experiences during the event.

Here are the links and schedule:

Please follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for #RACFD Field Day updates, or if you want to share your Field Day experience please include RAC on your social media posts. Don’t forget to send your photos and event information to

List of Canadian Sections

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) / Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Field Day is held annually during the fourth full weekend in June. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

This year will be the first year with the new Sectional System in place, so we have included the information below as a reference for you participating in this weekend’s events. Please stay safe and enjoy the activities.

Sponsored by the ARRL and RAC (but organized primarily by the ARRL), Field Day is open to all Amateur Radio operators covered by these two International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member organizations.

The ARRL Field Day webpage includes complete rules and entry forms, as well as any updated information as it becomes available.

Map showing the RAC and ARRL Field Organization in Canada and the United States.
Section
Designator
Section Manager
 
Newfoundland and Labrador
NL

Boyd Snow VO1DI

Nova Scotia
NS

Dave Hull VE1HUL

New Brunswick
NB

Jean-Paul (JP) LeBlanc VE9BK

Prince Edward Island
PE

Bill McMaster VY2WM

Quebec
QC

Sylvian Lamarre VE2LAM

Ontario East

(Counties/Regions of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Peterborough, Hastings, Prince Edward, Renfrew, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac, Lanark, Ottawa-Carleton, Leeds & Grenville, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry and Prescott & Russell)

ONE

Michael Hickey VE3IPC

Ontario North

(Counties/Regions of Nippising, Manitoulin, Sudbury, Algoma, Timiskaming, Cochrane, Thunder Bay, Rainy River and Kenora)

ONN

Allan Boyd VE3AJB

Ontario South

(Counties/Regions of Parry Sound, Simcoe, Muskoka, Grey, Dufferin, Wellington, Brant, Haldimand, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Norfolk, Middlesex, Elgin, Lambton, Chatham-Kent and Essex)

ONS

Brett Gilbank VE3ZBG

Golden Horseshoe

(Regions of Niagara, Hamilton-Wentworth, Halton, York and Durham, as well as the Cities/Towns of Caledon, Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto)

GH

Rick Harrison VA3NV

Manitoba
MBJan Schippers VE4JS
Saskatchewan
SK(currently being filled)
Alberta
AB

Garry Jacobs VE6CIA or

Ron Pettigrew VE6RWP

British Columbia
BC

Bill Gipps VE7XS

Northwest Territories/Yukon Territory/ Nunavut Territory
TER(currently being filled)
 
RAC Community Services Officer

NationalWinlink Tactical Call Signs: RAC-CAN and AUXC-CAN

 

Additional Information:

The following information is courtesy of the American Radio Relay League: 

“Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.

More than 40,000 Amateurs throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate Amateur 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.

There is still time to get ready for Field Day, and all you’ll need to participate can be found on ARRL’s Field Day web page. You can also join the ARRL Field Day Facebook Group, which is a great place to share your plans, tips, and tricks for a successful Field Day. Remember, when posting content from Field Day, be sure to include #ARRLFD on all social media posts to receive 100 bonus points!

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. It can be a picnic, a campout, a way to practice for emergencies, an informal contest, and most of all, it’s fun! It’s a time when many aspects of amateur radio come together to highlight the many roles the hobby offers.

While some treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It’s an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how amateur radio might serve in an emergency, as well as how in can help the general public with special events. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is highlights on their calendar.

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 and may submit entries as check logs.

The main focus of Field Day is to contact as many stations as possible on the 160-, 80-, 40-, 20-, 15-, and 10-meter HF bands, all bands on 50 MHz and above, and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less-than-optimal conditions.

Remember to check out arrl.org/field-day for the official rules.”