Every year the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors a contest called “Field Day.”
According to the ARRL flier,
ARRL 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 th an 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
In other words, Hams all over the nation drag their radio junk outside and set up temporary stations in attempt to contact as many other stations as possible. You could say it’s the intersection between a contest and emergency preparedness.
I’m not certain when Field Day began (and I’m too lazy to look it up) but this is the second Field Day since I’ve been a licensed Ham. Last year I didn’t participate since I had a few-week old new born. This year I originally wanted to head out with my friend, WK4U, and operate from the field. Preferably while camping. Due to differences in our schedules, we only had Saturday to work with so we decided to drive around and visit various Field Day sites.