TARC Field Day
Fourth full weekend in June
In 1933 under the sponsorship of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) amateur radio operators in the United States and Canada began hauling their equipment to outdoor "Field" sites, where they would test their ability to rapidly deploy and operate their stations under the remote conditions which often accompany a disaster.
To help gauge the effectiveness of their efforts a "contest" element was added to the event. Points are awarded based on the number of successful contacts that a station has with other stations. Field Day has become the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with more than 35,000 operators participating. Field Day takes place over one 24 hour period, the last full weekend in June. While most traditional Field Day operations will be from under a tent or shade shelter at a park or other outdoor site, many teams operate from inside, at such places as a Emergency Operations Center, or from a served agency such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or a local hospital.
Emergency and alternative energy such as that supplied by generators, batteries, or solar panels is the choice of power during this exercise, owing to the fact that commercial power also tends to fail in a disaster.
Field Day has a single serious aspect and purpose, which is to assure that the radio operators participating are prepared, equipped, and ready to respond when disaster hits.
However Field Day has evolved into much more than a simple disaster drill. Field Day is also the premier yearly social event in the amateur community. Joined by their families, friends, and neighbors, the hams have picnics, they bar-b-que, they camp-out, have hidden transmitter hunts, they launch radio equipped balloons and rockets into outerspace, play outdoor games, tinker with equipment, and partake in a host of summertime outdoor activities.
Field Day has also become a venue for hams to introduce amateur radio to the public. Think of Field Day weekend as one giant nation-wide amateur radio "Open House". Field Day will find everyone from the shyist pre-schoolers up to Govenors and Senators taking a spin behind the mike.
The Trident Amateur Radio Club Field Day will be held the fourth full weekend in June, at
H. Brown Municipal Center
N. Goose Creek Blvd
in beautiful Goose Creek, SC
We will attempt a satellite contact.
We anticipate a visit by the Mayor
We are having food with a cookout on Saturday
We will visit the site on Friday to start setting up but will not operate until 2PM Saturday.
We will stop operating at 1:59 PM on Sunday and start breaking down the site.