Field Day will gain another entry class for the 2003 running of this highly popular operating event June 28-29. “Class F” stations will operate at emergency operations centers–or EOCs. The change renews the emphasis of Field Day’s 1933 origins as an emergency preparedness exercise as opposed to a routine contest–what former ARRL Communications Manager F.E. Handy, W1BDI, called “a test of the emergency availability of portable stations and equipment.” In Handy’s view, Field Day would focus attention “on the subject of ‘preparedness’ for communications emergencies.”
Please see complete statement in the Field Day area to the left.