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Join the fun at ARRL Field Day this weekend!

Get ready for a weekend of radio waves and fun as ARRL Field Day takes over the Bulloch County Association Horseman’s Arena this Saturday and Sunday! This annual event is all about showcasing the amazing world of amateur radio, and it’s a perfect opportunity to see what it’s all about.
ARRL Field Day

Hey everyone! If you're looking for something exciting to do this weekend, look no further. The ARRL Field Day is happening this Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, at the Bulloch County Association Horseman’s Arena, located at 507 Mill Creek Road in Statesboro, Georgia. It’s right near the airport off of US 301 North, so it’s easy to find.

They will start setting up around 9am and begin operating at 2pm on Saturday, June 21, 2024 and will operate overnight, ending on Sunday morning. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!

So, what exactly is ARRL Field Day, you ask? Well, it’s one of the most anticipated events for ham radio enthusiasts all over the country. This annual event is all about showcasing the amazing world of amateur radio, and it’s a perfect opportunity to see what it’s all about. Whether you’re a seasoned ham operator or just curious about the hobby, there’s something for everyone.

This year, as in the past, the Statesboro Amateur Radio Society (STARS) and the Savannah Amateur Radio Association (SARA) will be joining forces to participate in the event. These two groups are known for their passionate members and impressive setups, so you can expect some top-notch demonstrations and activities.

Some things you should expect: 

1. Radio Setups and Demonstrations: Get up close and personal with a variety of radio setups. The STARS and SARA members will be more than happy to show you the ropes. You’ll see everything from vintage gear to the latest technology in action.

setting up vertical antenna
Stringing wire antenna

2. Hands-On Experience: Ever wanted to try your hand at operating a ham radio? Now’s your chance! There will be opportunities for visitors to get on the air and make some contacts. Don’t worry if you’re a newbie – experienced operators will be there to guide you.

Buddy Horne

3. Emergency Communication Drills: One of the coolest aspects of amateur radio is its role in emergency communications. Watch as the clubs demonstrate how they can set up communication networks quickly in case of a disaster. It’s both fascinating and reassuring to see how ham radio can save the day when other systems fail.

4. Food and Fun: What’s a field day without some good food and fun? There will be plenty of snacks and refreshments to keep you fueled up. Plus, it’s a great chance to hang out with fellow community members and enjoy the friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

5. Learning Opportunities: If you’re interested in getting your own ham radio license, there will be plenty of information available on how to get started. Members of STARS and SARA will be on hand to answer all your questions and help you take the first steps into this awesome hobby.

So, mark your calendars, set your alarms, and head over to the Bulloch County Association Horseman’s Arena this weekend. Whether you stay for an hour or the whole weekend, you’re guaranteed to have a blast and learn something new.