ARRL Field Day

June 22-23, 2024 ARRL Field Day at Dry Creek Ranch
6852 Dry Creek Rd, Rio Linda, CA 95673 
Thanks to all who visited and participated!

ARRL Field Day is our club's premier annual operating event!  
Field Day is Amateur Radio's Annual exercise and public demonstration of emergency communications response capabilities. Radio amateurs throughout North America participate in ARRL Field Day each year during the last full weekend of June. We encourage all radio amateurs and the general public to come and experience the joy and thrill of amateur radio. Anyone with or without an FCC license can Get on the Air on our HF and VHF stations as General, Advanced and Amateur Extra class control operators will be on site. 
Drop-ins are welcome.  
Thanks to all who visited and participated!

2024 ARRL Field Day Report

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for our 2024 ARRL Field Day Report


Our Field Day operators were Tom Cutter W6BS, Bill Mungaven N6EF, Gary Hayes KG6SMX, Al Canton K6AAI, Ken Martin KE6RMN, Doug Snell KK6IPK, Mike Carney KO6CIL, and Bill Shocknesse N6HA.

Early Set Up Friday PM

Saturday Set Up starts at 7 AM

Field Day operation starts promptly at 11:00 am PDT on Sat., June 22, 2024.


River City ARCS will use Discord software for online chat among participants during Field Day.  Those who plan to join our Discord chat should click here now to join our N6NA Discord Chat Group ( Visit the website and register your call sign as a user ID and choose a password. You may join our N6NA Discord chat group either through an internet browser or you may download the Discord app on your home computer or smartphone. Test it before Field Day and you should be good to go.  On Saturday morning June 22nd all participants who can should check-in via Discord chat before 10:00 AM PDT.

We may also chat with each other via our 145.25 MHz N6NA repeater, but contacts through repeaters do not count for Field Day points.


For full details and Bonus point rules read the 2024 Field Day Packet. You may contact other stations once on phone, once on CW (Morse code) and once on one digital mode on each band. You must log the other station's correct exchange information for the contact to be valid. This includes the station call sign, the number of transmitters at the site and class of operation, and the ARRL section.

Learn and use the ITU phonetic alphabet (Alpha for "A", Bravo for "B", etc) when needed for clarity, and only ask for repeats of (or provide) information that was not copied correctly the first time.


If you operate from home, use your own call sign and Field Day exchange.  Your exchange information will include the total number of transmitters you operate simultaneously, your class (class "D" when operating in at home on commercial power or class "E" on 100% emergency power), and your ARRL section "Sierra Victor" (SV for Sacramento Valley). For example, if you operate one transmitter at a time, your exchange for a home station on commercial power would be “One Delta Sierra Victor” on voice or “1D SV” on CW and digital modes, or "One Echo Sierra Victor" or "1E SV" on emergency power.OBJECTIVE: To contact as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20,15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all radio amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations (US and Canada) and other countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

Each claimed contact must include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact.

Field Day contacts on all modes and all bands are valid (except no WARC bands and no repeater contacts).  See our Field Day Primer for more details.  Please take photos of your Field Day operation and send them to to share with our club.

Here is an example of a typical Field Day phone exchange

(Home stations use your own callsign instead of N6NA):

Here is a typical Field Day CW or digital exchange

(Home stations use your own call sign instead of N6NA):


Logging at our Field Day site will be via N3FJP Field Day Log on networked computers.

At your home station you may choose to keep a paper log of your Field Day contacts and exchanges or use a logging program like the N3FJP Field Day Log or the freeware N1MM Logger. If you plan to use the N3FJP software and operate class "1D" from your home on commercial power, you will need to download and install version 6.5 of that software from their website.  N3FJP Field Day Log requires a one-time $8.99 activation fee.

n3fjp_field (Optional):  We plan to collect and display our live results in real time via the website.  If you are able, we encourage you to register on with your call sign as your login name and choose a password.  Once you log onto, refer to the Help Section to set up your internet browser to auto-update your live results every 3 minutes and chart it under our club: River City ARCS with our team name N6NA.  We will be working as a Club: River City ARCS as an aggregate team of individual call sign users. We will submit our logs individually and indicate you are a member of a Team N6NA.


We will break around 6 pm Saturday for a dinner and Social Hour.  Any club members who plan to attend the dinner should please RSVP with the number in their party.


Field Day concludes at 11:00 am PDT on Sunday morning, June 23, 2024.

Field Day on Social Media!

Click here to join the ARRL Field Day Facebook Group. Share a Live Stream during Field Day and post your plans, tips and tricks to a successful Field Day. When posting content from Field Day, use hashtag #ARRLFD on all social media to receive 100 bonus points!

Use the Field Day Locator to indicate your publicly accessible Field Day set-up on

Important! The Field Day Locator is intended to show public Field Day sites that members of the public and media can visit. If you're going to be operating a private home station, don't add it to the map!

Field Day Entry/Results Submission:

Upon completion of Field Day, participants will submit individual Field Day Entries to ARRL indicating "River City AR Comms Soc" as the club name via the web app at (or via US Mail postmarked by Tuesday, July 23, 2024). ARRL will sent an email confirmation and listed participating call signs on

2019 Field Day Antenna Farm

Scenes from 2013 Field Day

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Scenes from 2012 Field Day

Field Day Bandpass Filter Project

Chuck Freas W6FT (SK) prepared kits of parts complete with capacitors, coil forms, connectors, wire, enclosure and hardware for our N1NC "Ugly Filter" building project.  Dave Martin WB6YLK, Ken Martin KE6RMN, Chris Huber N6ICW, and Carol Milazzo KP4MD built the filters.

Many thanks to John Geyer WB6UBK and Geyer Electric for donating the wire and to Ali's Surplus Stuff for donating the enclosures!

ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day in Sacramento California