Amateur Radio ARRL Field Day, a national emergency communications exercise, will be held June 24 and 25, 2023. Thousands of Amateur Radio operators across the United States and Canada will be participating.

Locally, the Damascus Emergency Communications Team (DECT) and the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club (MARC) will take part in Field Day at the

Damascus Volunteer Fire Department Activities Center Pavilion

10211 Lewis Drive in Damascus, Maryland

(39.2907°N, 77.2130°W)

The public is invited to visit!

This is the tenth year that DECT and MARC will be partnering for this most popular Amateur Radio event of the year. As we practice our emergency communications skills, we invite the public to see what we do, ask questions, view our radio equipment and witness the latest in radio science and technology. Kids, as well as their parents, will get an opportunity to operate on the air, always a fun experience—as well as a great way to introduce science to young people.


What and why 24-hour contesting?

24-hour contesting is an integral activity of Field Day. The goal is to contact as many other stations as possible. Points are awarded and stations across the United States and Canada recognized for the number of contacts made. It is great fun but also has a serious purpose—to practice emergency communications preparedness. Because the ARRL Field Day rules restrict contesting stations to operate on alternative power in austere environments, it is also practice in operating radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. We use these same skills when we help with non-emergency events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums.

24-Hour Contesting at the DECT/MARC Field Day

Dedicated operating positions will be set up for 10 meters, 15 meters, 20 meters, and 40/80 meters, to take advantage of improving band conditions and allow the use of single band antennas to help reduce interference. We will also operate a 6M station, if there is an interest.

Several of these stations to be dedicated radio stations available for any ham to operate, so the operator does not have to bring his own radio equipment. Scheduling times will be made available before Field Day. Of course, hams are welcome to bring their own equipment to operate their own station as well. Scheduled times will also be made available to contest from the MARC Communications Trailer. The public information table will operate a 2M radio station for call-in and public demonstrations.


Please consider volunteering to assist at DECT/MARC ARRL Field Day 2023. A successful Field Day depends on members pitching in to help. Some of the activities we are looking for help with:

MARC is holding planning meetings on Thursday evenings on Zoom (Meeting ID: 885 9464 0436 Passcode: 072876).

To volunteer or if you have any questions, contact Paul, N3RQV at N3RQV @

Click on the presentation on DECT/MARC Field Day 2023 planning:

updated: April 28, 2023