Field Day 2023

Field Day is BARC’s largest event of the year (and everybody’s favorite social event!). All are welcome to join us! Here is this year’s information.


In Bellbrook, Ham Radio Operators On the Air for Nationwide Event June 24 – 25

Ham radio operators from the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 2 pm on Saturday until 2 pm on Sunday, June 24 – 25. The event is ARRL Field Day (, an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States.

BARC will have four radio stations and several antennas set up both inside the shelter, and in the large field, at Sackett Wright Park on SR 725 in Bellbrook. Members of the club will be operating on air from the 2 pm start time, through the night, until the following afternoon. The public is welcome to stop at the park and tour our operation. We welcome news media on Saturday morning also, starting at around 9 am, as club members raise the antennas and set up portable (emergency) power.

Hams from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities. Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network.

Some hams from all across the Miami Valley will also use the radio stations set up in their homes or taken to their backyards and other locations to operate individually or with their families. Many hams have portable radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.

This year’s event is also noteworthy given that a particularly active hurricane season is predicted. “Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers,” said Ray Hitt, president of BARC  (call sign N8VMX). “Ham radio functions completely independently of the internet and phone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and communicate effectively with others, ”Hitt added.

During Field Day 2022, more than 26,000 hams participated from thousands of locations across North America. According to ARRL, there are more than 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the US, and an estimated 3 million worldwide.

Among the tenets of the Amateur Radio Service is developing and practicing skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even contributing to international goodwill. Hams range in age from as young as 9 to older than 100. A self-study license guide is available from ARRL: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual ( and for Kindle ( For more information about ARRL Field Day and ham radio, contact and visit