ARRL Field Day

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.

Come join the club as we put a portable field station on the air, operate a wide variety of amateur radio modes including HF single sideband voice, digital, and CW. If you’re interested in amateur radio, but haven’t had a chance to see it in action, this is the event for you! Amateur radio is a family activity – bring your kids and we will get them on the air and talking all around the country in no time!

The club will be hosting ARRL VEC amateur radio testing sessions during Field Day. If you’ve been studying to get licensed, or to upgrade an existing license, contact the club testing manager, Mickey, KG5DAC and let him know you’ll be attending a testing session. All testing sessions cost $15 (cash please), and require a current photo ID, and a copy of your current amateur radio license, if you have one.

License Testing

Amateur radio license testing will be held at the Club Field Day site at 10am. Participants should bring $15 (cash or check), a current photo ID, and a copy of your current amateur radio license if you are upgrading. Testing materials will be provided at the site.

Upon arriving at the Club Field Day site, check with a club member to ensure testing will still be conducted at 1pm, as times may changed based on Volunteer Examiner availability.

License Testing

Amateur radio license testing will be held at the Club Field Day site at 1pm. Participants should bring $15 (cash or check), a current photo ID, and a copy of your current amateur radio license if you are upgrading. Testing materials will be provided at the site.

Upon arriving at the Club Field Day site, check with a club member to ensure testing will still be conducted at 1pm, as times may changed based on Volunteer Examiner availability.

2018 ARRL Field Day

Come join the Club as we celebrate the 2018 ARRL Field Day event. This two-day event tests amateur radio operators’ skills at setting up a radio station “in the field”, as they would for an emergency or disaster response event. Control operators will be present throughout the event, so even if you don’t have an amateur radio license, you can get on the air with radio operators around the world.

License examinations will be held on both Saturday & Sunday morning during the event, so if you’ve been wanting to join the amateur radio community, or simply upgrade your license, come out and test with the Club.

Watch the Club news feed for information as Field Day approaches. See you there!

2018 ARRL Field Day

Come join the club as we participate in the 2018 ARRL Field Day operating exercise.  Field Day was established by the ARRL as an operating activity designed to encourage amateur radio operators to refine their skills and portable stations to be ready in the event of an emergency where operating from an improvised station is required.

This year, the club will be participating from the old Cloudcroft baseball field located north of downtown Cloudcroft:


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To locate the operating site, from Hwy 82 in Cloudcroft, turn north on Mescalero Avenue (just west of Cloudcroft High School) and proceed all the way up the hill.  At the top of the hill, the old baseball field and the operating site will be on your left.

Station setup will begin around 8:00am on Saturday, June 23.  Operating activities start at 12:00pm and continue until 12:00pm on Sunday, June 24.  There is plenty of room for overnight camping, and radio activities go on all night, so feel free to camp out and make a weekend of it!

The club will operate multiple radios for Field Day this year, utilizing HF SSB, digital modes, and CW.  Extra class control operators will be present, so you can operate the entire spectrum of available amateur frequencies & modes.  Amateur radio license testing will be conducted both Saturday & Sunday.  Contact Michael Reinecke, KG5DAC, for times and details.

If you’ve been thinking about getting into amateur radio, are looking for a different and fun weekend activity, or need to upgrade your current amateur radio license, come out and join us for a great weekend of radio operating!