COVID-19 Related information: We are currently determining how the club will handle 2020 Field Day in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. More information is forthcoming, and this page will be updated as things become more solidified.
When: Saturday June 27 (2 pm) to Sunday June 28 (2 pm) Setup begins: 9:00 AM Saturday
On-air operations: 2:00 PM Saturday - 2:00 PM Sunday, around the clock.
Pot Luck Dinner Saturday 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Teardown: 2:00 PM Sunday
Where: Leitersburg Ruritan Park in Leitersburg, MD (5.4 miles NE of Hagerstown, 3.5 mi NW of Smithsburg)
The park entrance is behind the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company, (21431 Leiter St, Hagerstown, MD 21742). Please do not park in the lot behind the fire house. Drive up the hill and park on gravel or grassy areas (not on the blacktop). Please check-in at Field Day headquarters at the picnic pavilion near the flag pole.
What is Field Day?
Amateur Radio Field Day is an annual, nationwide exercise in which amateur radio operators across the United States and Canada set up radio stations in the field to practice communications under unusual circumstances, such as would be encountered in an emergency situation. The objective during the operational period is to contact as many stations as possible. It is a friendly social event as well, but with a serious purpose of practicing emergency preparedness skills.
We have several stations using a variety of communications technologies, including satellite, computer, voice, and morse code. We will be transmitting over long distance shortwave, satellite, and local/regional VHF signal paths. FIeld Day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Amateur Radio, see communications and radio/computer technology up close, and to participate if you like. Mentors will be available.
On Saturday from about 5 - 6 PM there will also be a pot-luck dinner for ARA club members and their guests. Operations stop during this time. The club will provide meats (AC&T chicken, perhaps?), plasticware, plates and napkins. Club members are requested to bring a covered dish item to supplement the meal. The meal is a family activity, so be sure to bring them or have them stop by at meal time! Some food and drink will also be available at other times.