View Sidebar

Archive for category: Field Day

Field Day 2020 – The Impact of COVID-19

Field Day 2020 – The Impact of COVID-19

       Amateur Radio Field Day Readiness Exercise Modified by COVID-19

    On the fourth weekend of June ham radio clubs in the territory traditionally conduct annual “Field Day” emergency readiness exercises. Radio amateurs (hams)literally head to the field and install portable antennas and operate on emergency power to simulate a real emergency in order to be better prepared to serve when one arrives. Field day is also a club oriented activity which serves as a venue to interact with the public and to demonstrate and explain the hobby.    

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has changed this year’s plans. In keeping with the Governor’s social distancing mandate, this year’s field day will see many smaller individual socially responsible operations.   

Not wanting to miss the opportunity to interact with the public, territory hams have arranged a virtual exercise to explain Field Day and the hobby to the public. The “Virtual QSO” (a QSO is ham language for a radio contact) will be live streamed on Saturday June 27th at 6:30pm on the St. Thomas Amateur Radio Club Facebook page located at The public is invited to join in the fun and learn more about field day and the exciting hobby of ham radio.   

    There are almost 300 amateur radio licensees in the US Virgin Islands and more than 760,000 in the USA. Field day is an annual event sponsored by American Relay Radio League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. The ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) program and ham volunteers provide emergency communications during times of need, all for free. “When disaster strikes, ham radio operators are often the first to provide critical information and communications,” said Fred Kleber, ARRL Section Manager.
                                                              # # #

For additional information contact:
Sean Cullinan St. Croix Amateur Radio Club
Telephone: 443-366-8371

Spread the love
May 2, 20200 commentsRead More
Field Day 2019 Details

Field Day 2019 Details

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.

The following activities will be occurring for Field Day:

STX – 22 June 2019 morning to 23 June 2019 afternoon – Operation & Public Outreach – Fredriksted Pier


  • 22 June 2019 morning & afternoon – Public outreach at Tutu Park Mall
  • 23 June morning & early afternoon – Field operation from Fortuna Fire Station

STJ – 22 June 2019 morning to 23 June 2019 afternoon – Operation & Public Outreach – National Park Service HQ, Downtown Cruz Bay

Spread the love
June 14, 20190 commentsRead More
Field Day 2018 Highlights

Field Day 2018 Highlights

Highlights of 2018 Field Day include:

  • 504 QSOs (Phone and CW)
  • 69 of 80 participating ARRL Section QSOs (USA and Canada)
  • 1,606 total points (656 QSOs and 950 bonus)
  • 2 HF stations operated on emergency power – generator
  • 1 VHF station operated on emergency power – generator
  • 40 visitors to our site at Cramer’s Park
  • 15 Licensed Amateur Radio Operators participated
  • 9 Non-Licensed individuals signed up for more information
  • 64 Public Service hours logged
  • 256 ARES hours logged

The A3 and 2M yagi antennas used during Field Day were made available due to the generosity of NP2N/George and facility caretaker Chuck/WA0ROI.

Click here for pictures and more information about Field Day 2018

Spread the love
August 7, 20180 commentsRead More
Field Day 2018 is Approaching!!

Field Day 2018 is Approaching!!

Flyer for Field Day 2018

Spread the love
April 27, 20180 commentsRead More