My friend Harold asked if I’d like to write an article for QST, the ham radio magazine published by the American Radio Relay League. Being foolish, I said “yes.”
It’s a non-technical overview of antennas for Field Day, a yearly ham radio emergency preparedness exercise.
Truth is, if you’re not a ham, it will be deadly boring. If you are, it might still be boring, but it’s attached at the jump (below).
Unlike most of the other ARRL operating events, Field Day is not contest. It is elegantly disguised emergency prep! It’s right there in the Field Day Rules:
Operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.
Scores are posted, but there’s no winner