Field Day

The Event

Field Day is a nationwide ARRL event designed to showcase amateur radio to the general public and local government officials.  It occurs each year on the 4th weekend in June, with on-the-air operation commencing at 2:00 PM EDT and ending exactly 24 hours later.  Participants range for individuals through small teams of 2 or more hams, to large, highly organized club events.  Although planning may occur throughout the year, participants are not allowed to set up equipment in the field more than 24 hours in advance.

Field Day provides an annual opportunity for the amateur radio community to put a significant radio communications resource in the field in a short amount of time and keep it actively on-the-air for 24 hours of continuous operation.  Field Day demonstrates the ability of amateur radio to provide essential communications throughout North America such as might be needed in the case of natural or other disasters that render the normal communications and electrical power infrastructures inoperable.  Many Field Day participants operate their equipment on emergency power sources, such as portable generators or batteries and solar panels.

Since a real disaster is usually not underway during Field Day but the emphasis is on maximizing “contacts” with other hams the event is run like a “contest” in which operators and clubs earn scores based on the number and type of contacts they make.  Field Day is also a major public relations event for amateur radio and many clubs set up their field operations in public view or in publicly accessible locations.  The event is also used to build or strengthen bridges with local government officials and Emergency Management operations personnel, who are invited to attend the field operations of local clubs.  Finally, for many clubs Field Day is a major social event of the year, providing an opportunity to “get out there and do ham radio” with their friends.

SLAARC Participation

SLAARC has participated in Field Day for many years and plans to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.  It is the single largest activity that the club undertakes during the year.  In recent years the club has obtained permission to set up equipment and operate from the James F. Atchison Memorial Park located behind the Lyon Township Municipal Center at 58000 Grand River Avenue in New Hudson.  The park was created on top of a land fill and provides an excellent elevated location for ham radio operations.  If SLAARC was called up to set up and operate in a real emergency, the park would be our first choice location.

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 SLAARC Operations

SLAARC normally operates four stations, although this can vary from year-to-year.  We have all transceivers in simultaneous operation running on emergency power (not connected to any utility grid).  The club erects temporary towers and uses rotatable beam antennas, vertical antennas, and wire antennas to operate on the HF bands from 80 meters up to 10 meters.  We also operate a “free” VHF station on the 6 meter band (50 MHz) and above, and a GOTA (Get On The Air) station.  The GOTA station allows newly licensed hams and un-licensed visitors/guests (operating under the control of a licensed ham) to experience what it is like to operate a ham radio and make contact with other hams.

Social Media

We will post social media content in the days leading up to the event. Keep an eye out for our notices.


Year CALL FINAL SCORE CLASS TOTAL QSOS Power Multiplier GOTA CALL Number of Participants CLUB NAME
1975 WB8QXB 2415 2A 883 B   7 S Lyon Area ARC
1976 WB8QXB 4170 2A 1327 B   9 South Lyon Area ARC
1977 WB8QXB 3734 2A 1152 B   9 South Lyon Area ARC
1979 WB8QXB 3458 2A 1062 B   16 South Lyon Area ARC
1980 N8AR 3166 2A 965 B   16 South Lyon Area ARC
1981 N8AR 4330 2A 1354 B N8CPO 16 South Lyon Area ARC
1982 N8AR 3872 2A 1166 B KA8DCX 17 South Lyon Area ARC
1983 N8AR 4926 2A 1512 B KA8SPZ 50 South Lyon Area ARC
1984 N8AR 4128 2A 1318 B KA8SPZ 15 South Lyon Area ARC
1985 N8AR 3754 2A 1214 B   15 South Lyon Area ARC
1986 N8AR 4040 2A 1382 B   6 South Lyon Area ARC
1987 N8AR 4040 2A 1440 2   6 South Lyon Area ARC
1988 N8AR 2378 1A 837 2   6 South Lyon ARC
1989 N8AR 1166 1A 390 2   5 South Lyon Area ARC
1990 N8AR 898 1A 288 2   7 S Lyon Area ARC
1991 N8AR 1462 1A 507 2   7 S Lyon Area ARC
1993 N8AR 1220 2A 358 2   10 South Lyon Area ARC
1994 N8AR 1258 1A 415 2   10 South Lyon Area ARC
1995 N8AR 960 1A 323 2   10 South Lyon Area ARC
1997 N8AR 1488 1A 398 2   9 South Lyon Area ARC
1998 K8BX 1626 1A 379 2   11 South Lyon Area ARC
1999 K8BX 2324 1A 601 2   12 South Lyon Area ARC
2000 N8SL 2248 2A 593 2   10 South Lyon Area ARC
2001 N8SL 3532 2A 771 2   11 South Lyon Area ARC
2002 N8SL 4214 2A 1038 x2   12 South Lyon Area ARC
2003 N8SL 2864 2A 561 2   11 South Lyon ARC
2004 N8SL 2480 2A 686 2   20 South Lyon Area RC
2005 N8SL 2924 2A 661 2   14 South Lyon Area ARC
2006 N8SL 3188 3A 835 2   11 South Lyon Area ARC
2007 N8SL 3460 3A 899 2   15 South Lyon Area ARC
2008 N8SL 2496 2A 665 2   16 South Lyon Area ARC
2009 N8SL 4806 2A 1249 2 KD8BLR 22 South Lyon Area ARC
2010 N8SL 7702 3A 2259 2 N8AR 27 South Lyon Area ARC
2011 N8SL 9276 3A 2869 2 K8BRF 27 South Lyon Area ARC
2012 N8SL 9990 3A 2900 2 K8BRF 26 South Lyon Area ARC
2013 N8SL 7572 3A 2106 2 N8AR 24 South Lyon Area ARC
2014 N8SL 3900 2A 1132 2 N8AR 30 South Lyon Area ARC
2015 N8SL 4008 2A 1261 2 KD8OSM 50 South Lyon Area ARC
2016 N8SL 3482 2A 1038 2 N8AR 26 South Lyon Area ARC
2017 N8SL 5826 3A 1825 2 K8ERS 30 South Lyon Area ARC
2018 N8SL 5556 4A 1632 2 N8CAL 62 South Lyon Area ARC

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