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June 24-25, 2017 METERS/RACK Joint Field Day Ft. Dickerson Park

posted Mar 25, 2017, 6:03 PM by Cathi Cogle   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 10:14 PM ]
June 24-25, 2017   METERS/RACK Joint Field Day, Ft. Dickerson Park. We will be setting up at 8:30 Saturday morning, June 24.     We’ll operate continuously for 24 hours and begin tearing down equipment Sunday around 10:00 am. Come prepared for rain. We are!  :) Tents are welcome. 

Fort Dickerson Park
3000 Fort Dickerson Road, SW Knoxville 37920
Lower shelter: N 35.94863 W -83.91617 
UTM: 17S N3982182 E236967 N 35o 56' 55.06" W -83o 54' 58.21"

Fort Dickerson is not only a scenic place to get a great view of downtown Knoxville and surrounding areas, but it has historical significance. There was a Civil War battle on the site and you can learn about history while enjoying the beautiful view.  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.
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!  It is a time where 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 the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar. 
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn 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 walka-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 people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

Come to the METERS/RACK Field Day at Fort Dickerson Park on June 24 and 25, 2017.  
You can get on the air using our license and radio equipment and meet new friends!
Everyone is welcome to attend. 
For more details, contact Jim Snyder AJ4NO at