DARC ARRL Field Day 2023

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 amateur radio operators gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends and family to operate from remote locations or their home. 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 24, 2023 but the W5FC DARC crew in true fashion will be there early at 9am Sat June 24, 2023 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 2023 rules have been modified from past years. For Reference here is the link to the ARRL Field Day 2023 Rules: https://contests.arrl.org/ContestRules/Field-Day-Rules.pdf

Come on out in person and/or contribute to the club score for station W5FC. Home/Class-D stations can contribute to the club score by 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 2023 with the DARC: https://photos.app.goo.gl/FgDoavCqVUnubWLa8

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


The contest – errahh exercise technically begins at 1pm central June 24, 2023, 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 24, 2023 – for your efforts and in appreciation the DARC will be serving burgers and dogs for lunch around 11:30/12:00pm Sat June 24, 2023. 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: 1 Icom 7300, 1 Yaesu FT10DX and 1 Yaesu 991a, we also plan to operate a GOTA station and the free VHF staton – 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 on a big screen. The movie this year is “Bride Of The Monster” from 1955 a classic combo of science fiction and horror fiction. Plan on discussing this classic July 1, 2023 on the W5FC repeater for the Aftrerglow. The DARC ARRL Field Day exercise will continue over night (will run 24hours) and into Sunday June 25, 2023 until 1:00pm Central time. At 1:00pm Sunday June 25, 2023 the DARC will need additional volunteers to help teardown and clean/pack 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 at the July 2023 DARC Club Meeting.

But wait there is more! The DARC will be raffling off a Yaesu FTM-500 – the newest and latest mobile rig on the market – tickets are available now at any DARC event and will also be available Field Day Sat June 24, 2023. Drawing for the FTM-500 will be Saturday evening after pot luck – you do NOT need to be present to win. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00

Volunteer / Sign Up Form

Sign Up Form / Pot Luck Item Responses

Location/Venue Details

Johnston Outpost YMCA