DARC ARRL Field Day 2022

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular HAM Radio on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada and is open to all FCC license classes. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateur operators gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends and family to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!  This year the DARC will host an in-person event at the Johnston Outpost YMCA in Farmers Branch. The festivities and event officially start at 1pm central time June 25, 2022 but the DARC crew in true fashion will be there early at 9am for setup. The DARC will be operating as 3A (Three Alpha) (section NTX) and will have 3 radios on the air during the event. Come join in the fun! Additional event/agenda details below.

ARRL Field Day 2022 rules have been modified from past years. For Reference here is the link to the ARRL Field Day 2022 Rules: https://contests.arrl.org/ContestRules/Field-Day-Rules.pdf

One of the updates will allow class D stations typically as “home stations”, including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power to obtain QSO credit for contacts with other Class D stations. In addition, an aggregate club score will be published, which is the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club. Come on out in person and/or contribute to the club score for W5FC submitting your own log for the Dallas Amateur Radio Club.

Link to the ARRL FD main page: http://www.arrl.org/field-day  

Link to submit your log online at (Be sure to claim DARC credit using Dallas Amateur Radio Club):  https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php

One last thing – the DARC has created a shared photo gallery for everybody to share their station photos and fun – so please consider sharing your photos if you participate in Field Day 2022 with the DARC: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3ZaByyvYNebChypn9

Questions or comments please drop us a note at: https://w5fc.org/contact/


The contest – errahh exercise technically begins at 1pm central June 25, 2022, however the DARC has a fun-filled agenda that will span over 24 hours and we need some volunteers and help. First use the sign up form below to lets us know you will be come early and help set up the venue starting at 9am Sat June 25, 2022 – for your efforts and in appreciation the DARC will be serving burgers and dogs for lunch around 11:30/12:00pm. After lunch the ARRL Field Day exercise starts promptly at 1:00pm central, the DARC will be a 3A (three Alpha) (section NTX) with 3 radios running: 2 Icom 7300s and 1 Yaesu 991a – operators will be able to make contacts with AM, FM, SSB, Digital (FT4/FT8) and CW – come out early help setup and enjoy lunch. Later in the early evening the DARC will be having a Pot Luck dinner – this is where we need some help with food items – use the form below to sign up and tell us what food/Pot Luck items you will bring to share. Be sure to look over the list of items in the sheet below, try and not duplicate as much as possible. The YMCA Johnson Outpost facility will be equipped with 2 hot-plates, refrigerator, microwave, gas griddle and AC outlets for Pot Luck items (the radios will be on emergency power). Pot Luck dinner will start around 6:30/7pm Sat evening. After SkyNet (held on the air on the 146.880 repeater) around 10:30 pm central the DARC will be showing a movie – Battlefield Earth on a big screen. The DARC ARRL Field Day exercise will continue over night and into Sunday June 26, 2022 until 1:00pm Central time. At 1:00pm Sunday June 26, 2022 the DARC will need additional volunteers to help teardown and clean up – be sure to indicate on the form below your willingness to help and as long as your are present and helping your efforts are very much appreciated and for that you will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate from Ham Radio Outlet. One last thing, any individual attending the DARC ARRL Field Day event in-person that has signed in will be entered into a drawing for a chance at one of three prizes: 1st $100.00 gift card, 2nd $50.00 gift card, 3rd $25.00 gift card – all from Ham Radio Outlet. The drawings will take place TBD.

Volunteer / Sign Up Form

Sign Up Form / Pot Luck Item Responses

Location/Venue Details

Johnston Outpost YMCA