Fun Field Day Factoids – 8 weeks to go!

28 Apr

Field Day is the largest annual on-air event in the whole of amateur radio and has been going since 1933, the only hiatus being from 1943-1945 during WW II.

In 1976, W1VV/1 was the first station to break the 10,000 QSO mark. They broke the 1933 record in the first fifteen minutes of operation!

In 1981, computers entered Field Day. You could earn a 100-point bonus simply by making a single packet QSO.

(source: Anders R., K3RA Field Day – A Mirror of Amateur Radio History, QST December 1999)

In 2015:

  • nearly 40,000 people participated in Field Day
  • 1.3 million QSOs (contacts) were made
  • Of all contacts, 51.45% were phone, 44.5% CW (morse), 4.045% digital

(source: https://www.midstatehams.org/blog/45-the-history-of-the-arrl-field-day.html )

Remember: keep the weekend of June 24-25 clear for Field Day!

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