2014 AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites

Field Day

The view from the Palomar Amateur Radio Club W6NWG Field Day site.

It’s that time of year again; summer and Field Day!  Each year the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day as a “picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!”.  The event takes place during a 24-hour period on the fourth weekend of June.  For 2014 the event takes place during a 27-hour period from 1800 UTC on Saturday June 28, 2014 through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 29, 2014. Those who set up prior to 1800 UTC on June 29 can operate only 24 hours.  The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur satellites, held concurrently with the ARRL event.

If you are considering ONLY the FM voice satellite SaudiSat-Oscar-50 for your AMSAT Field Day focus … don’t … unless you are simply hoping to make one contact for the ARRL rules bonus points. The congestion on FM LEO satellites was so intense in prior years that we must continue to limit their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes the International Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the ISS is operating Voice. You will also be allowed one digital QSO with the ISS or any other digital, non-store-and-forward, packet satellite (if operational).

Click for document: AMSAT 2014 Field Day Rules in PDF format