“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.” ARRL Field Day page 


Winter Field Day

In January 2019, a hardy group of CARA members put their emergency operating skills to the test and set up a 3-station outdoor operation at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia, Maryland. This was our first Winter Field Day and we had a blast! We operated for 24 hours nonstop, welcomed dozens of members and guests, and helped some new hams and non-hams get on the air for the first time on HF. There is a lot more to the story -- and photos, too -- in the Winter Field Day Article.


Summer Field Day


Members of the Columbia Amateur Radio Association (CARA) and the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) have joined forces to put on the biggest Summer Field Day event in the area, with the call sign W3AO. A dedicated group operating on every available band using voice, digital modes, and CW (Morse code) has won its class each year for 20 years in a row. And our “Get on the Air” (GOTA) station is always a popular destination, giving visitors and new hams a chance to experience ham radio with an experienced coach as a guide -- we’ve helped everyone from a 5-year-old to a young-at-heart 80-year-old make their first HF contacts.

Field Day is an experience for both the eyes and the ears! Check out some of the sights and sounds here: