Field Day 2018 @ Washoe Lake State Park June 22, 23 & 24

What is Field Day?

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

It is a time when many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as to the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

The contest part simply involves contacting as many other stations as possible while learning to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.

We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums—these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems—or maybe because they ARE so complex—ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio operators (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

  Time Activity
Friday, June 22
  All Day Camp / Radio / Tower Setup - Run cables
Saturday, June 23
  7:00 AM Breakfast
  8:00 AM Setup Radio Stations
  11:00 AM Start Making Contacts for the next 24 hours
  12:30 PM Lunch for Radio Ops (Sub Sandwiches, Macaroni Salad, Chips, Drinks)
  6:00 PM Social Hour - Raffle Tickets 
  7:00 PM BBQ Dinner
  8:00 PM Raffle Drawing
Sunday, June 24
  8:00 AM Breakfast (Eggs, Bacon, Hash Browns, Waffles, Syrup, Fruit, Coffee, Water)
  11:00 AM Radio contacts Ends
  11:05 AM Wrap up Meeting - Crew Tear Down Assignments
  12:00 PM Lunch for Crew
  1:00 PM Tear down site/equipment
  4:00 PM Final Walk Through

Door Prizes

All visitors attending the Saturday Night BBQ starting at 6:00PM will be given a chance (1 Ticket) for door prizes.

Drawing will be held at approx. 8:00 PM on Saturday and must be present to win.

Field Day Pins (5)

Field Day Coffee Mugs (2)

FT 70DR Handheld Radio.


Join us for our BBQ Dinner at Field Day. The BBQ begins at 6pm with social hour and time to visit the Field Day Camp. Dinner at 7:00PM. Each person attending will receive a ticket to our door prizes.

BBQ Menu

  • Tri Tip
  • Potato Salad
  • Tossed Green Salad, Dressings
  • Baked Beans
  • Cookies
  • Soda, Diet Soda, Water, Coffee

Parking and Camping

Day Parking: $5.00 per vehicle for Nevada residents

Camping over night fee:  $15.00 Per Vehicle Per Night.

The Fees goes towards the maintenance and enhancement of the State Park systems in Nevada.

If you are not able to pay the parking fee please find someone to ride share with or contact w7xm at for assistance. 

Press / Media

Media Contacts:
Anthony Marcin, W7XM, President SNARS - 775.453.4142
Chuck Farnham, WD6CHC, Public Information Coordinator, Nevada Section, ARRL - 775.303.2199

Twitter Hashtag:  #ARRLFD

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