public-service Archive

Blog posts about the activities of the RRRA ARES Committee and the “voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications” (“Amateur Radio Service.” 47 “CFR” 97.1(a). 2016.), provided to the public by Amateur Radio operators.

Field Day Log Submission Deadline

Entries must be postmarked, emailed or submitted by Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Late entries cannot be accepted.

Entries may be submitted to the ARRL in one of three ways:

Please see section 8 in the 2016 Field Day Rules or the 2016 Field Day Packet for detailed information about reporting.

Field Day 2016

Field Day is an annual Amateur Radio exercise, dating back to 1933, which is an educational event, an operating event, and a public relations event. This event is held on the 4th weekend in June; in 2016 that is June 25th and 26th.

Field Day gives Amateur Radio (AKA Ham Radio) operators an opportunity to learn about communicating in abnormal situations under less than optimal conditions. Hams practice these these communication skills by setting up temporary stations, often in public locations, and attempt to contact as many other Amateur Radio stations as possible. These temporary stations frequently utilize field expdient antennas and off-the-grid power such as solar or generators.

Rally Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are still needed in all specialties for the 2016 Headwaters Rally on May 21. They have a new venue this year, the Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN. The stages will be run in the Paul Bunyan forest. The Headwaters Rally is a single-day event that runs in the afternoon. Volunteers may avoid a hotel stay by driving up in the early morning and driving home again that night. For those choosing to stay, the rally organizers have arranged have a great deal with the Northern Lights Casino for rooms at just $80 per night.