Field Day

Field Day is a nationwide celebration of the capability of radio amateurs to help out in crises by providing emergency communications.  Over a two-day period large teams of hams set up their equipment,

communicate with as many as possible other amateur stations, and finish by dismantling and storing equipment for next year.  To be sure Field Day is a hard fought competition, in the strategizing, in the planning, and in the field.  But beyond

competition, it is the best opportunity available to new hams to learn equipment set-up and operation. The lessons learned can be applied not just to FD, but also to home stations, ARES, and special events relying on local communicators.

The event is organized by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and over 1200 groups in the United States participate.   Field Day was initiated in 1933.

Field Day Photo Library

ARRL Field Day Locator

This is a competition that encourages teamwork under truly emergency conditions. South Jersey Radio Association has a tradition of maintaining a substantial emergency communication capability and doing very well in the event. In the 66 years since 1948 SJRA has placed first in its class 38 times, placed second in class 12 times, and finished third four times. To understand the spirit of Field Day for SJRA, take a look at the SJRA Field Day historical information below.

Take a look at the Field Day Operations page to view how the SJRA is participating in Field Day 2021!

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2023 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham 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, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

"What Is Field Day" (Printable PDF Flier)

We welcome the public to come learn more about ham radio! Use our Field Day Locator to search for a Field Day site near you.

Field Day on Social Media!

Click below to join the ARRL Field Day Facebook Group. Share your plans, tips and tricks to a successful Field Day. When posting content from Field Day, use hashtag #ARRLFD on all social media to receive 100 bonus points!