Field Day is officially an operating event not a contest. The purpose remains
today as it did in the beginning: to demonstrate the communications ability of the
amateur radio community in simulated emergency situations. Groups of ham use
Field Day as a literal “show and tell” exhibition. Amateur radio brings together its
resources to show officials in government and various agencies what “amateur radio
can do.” The Field Day brings together new and experienced hams for 48 hours of
operating fun. 15 – 17 September 2018, time to start gearing up for National Field
Field Day is an emergency preparedness exercise that allows ham radio operators
to test their emergency skills. The event also serves to raise awareness about the
Amateur Radio Service. The goal is to simulate emergency conditions by setting up
“in the field” and operate using emergency power and to make contact with as many
other Field Day stations as possible.
Operators set up stations that run off of battery and generator power and use
antennas strung over trees or portable masts which is easy to setup. It is important to
have a back up station ready for portable/mobile/ use. They are the last link of
communication when all else fails.
Operations will commence at 08:00 hrs MST on Saturday, September 15th and
continue until 08:00 hrs MST on Monday, September 17th 2018.
Anyone and everyone, young and old, are encouraged to come visit the MARL
National Field Day site. If you’re an experienced operator and want to come help
operate, please do! If you’re new to the hobby, or know nothing about it, this is a
fantastic opportunity to come learn more about it and see hams in action!
The benefits of such a system to emergency relief operations should be obvious. In
fact the system has demonstrated it’s value time after time during earthquakes, forest
fires and other disasters. And all of this capability is provided by volunteers who
continuously hone their technical skills and acquire/build/maintain their own
equipment. These skilled radio engineers and operators along with their equipment
combine into a seriously important resource for emergency communications. And the
annual event that tests their readiness is called “Amateur Radio Field Day”.
For Amateur Radio operators (Hams) Field Day is a big deal. In addition to exercising
their ability to set up and operate a massive emergency communications network the
event also has some fun aspects. Field Day is also a big challenge where stations
compete to make the most contacts on as many frequencies and modes as possible.
And there is the social aspect that usually involves food and ancillary outdoor family
activities. This is also the major Amateur Radio annual public awareness event. If you
are interested in learning about Amateur Radio or more specific radio
communications technologies and techniques then visiting your local Field Day site
should net you the information you seek. You can sit at home and theorize, but when
you get out in the field, sometimes you need to re-form your ideas around reality. You
will find many knowledgeable people who will welcome you and be happy to answer
your questions. You might even get invited to stay for lunch and/or dinner.
The National Field Day 2018 event is coordinated by the national association for
Amateur Radio; the Malaysian Amateur Radio League (MARL).