Sussex County amateur radio clubs conduct joint Field Day event

Sussex Amateur Radio Association and Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club recently participated in a joint ARRL Field Day exercise on the grounds of the Seaford Parks & Recreation office. On-air operations took place between 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, and 4:59 p.m., Sunday, June 24.

One of the operating stations was a “GOTA” station. A GOTA station is an opportunity for any technician or novice licensees, newly licensed amateurs, other generally inactive licensees, and non-licensed persons, to experience first-hand the fun of amateur radio by allowing them to get on the air.

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national organization for Amateur Radio in the United States. ARRL Delaware Section Manager Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, said Field Day gives Amateur Radio operators the opportunity to establish communications away from normal operating locations. Operating ability is improved by making contacts with hams all over the United States, he noted.

Patrick Ryan, KW3Z, president of Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club, said, “The purpose of Field Day is to simulate emergency conditions in the field. One objective is to set up an operating radio station in a few minutes. The other objective is to have fellowship with other hams.”

SARA Field Day Chairman Paul Ross, NR3P, said he hoped for good band conditions and lots of contacts, and was glad to have his radio friends participating in the exercise. He noted that fellowship and good operating technique are equally important for Field Day.

“If the bands cooperate, we’ll have a good time talking around the world.”

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs (Hams) gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

For more information about American Radio Relay League (ARRL) operating events, or information about Amateur Radio in Delaware, contact ARRL Delaware Section Manager Bill Duveneck , KB3KYH, at