What Is Field Day?
Held each year on the fourth weekend of June, Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air radio event held in North America. This year more than 35,000 radio amateurs from across IARU Region 2 will participate in the Field Day contest.
This year VECTOR’s Field Day operations will take place over a 24 hour period from:
1100H Saturday June 27th through 1100H Sunday June 28th 2015
Visitors are welcome to tour the Field Day site during daylight hours. You do not have to be a licensed radio amateur to try your hand at communicating! Experience short and long distance radio communications via our Get On The Air (GOTA) station and friendly mentors!
What, this is a contest? Yes, but Field Day is much more than a contest. It’s a time where we build and reinforce ties to our community, practice and learn new skills and techniques, and gain experience working with each other guided by the BC Emergency Response Management System (BCERMS, also known as ICS or Incident Command System) which is so important in all exercises and deployments.
On Field Day we’ll exercise our ability to establish a large field communications centre and then staff it and operate non-stop for a 24 hour period. Working together we’ll erect towers, string antennas, barricade streets, keep generators and coffee pots running, operators operating, mentors mentoring, and all the while ensure everyone is fed and happy. We’ll also learn and have a lot of fun in the process.
For VECTOR members new and old Field Day is a perfect opportunity for those who don’t have HF radio experience to gain some - there’ll always be a helpful mentor close by.
For visitors, the VECTOR Field Day site provides opportunities to see emergency radio communications in action and learn more about emergency preparedness and the varied volunteer opportunities available with the City of Vancouver. You too can try your hand at making contacts across North America.