Field Day is an annual Amateur
Radio exercise, dating back to
1933, which is an educational event, an operating event, and a public
relations event. This event is held on the 4th weekend in June; in 2016 that
is June 25th and 26th.
Field Day gives Amateur Radio (AKA Ham Radio) operators an opportunity
to learn about communicating in abnormal situations under less than
optimal conditions. Hams practice these these communication skills by
setting up temporary stations, often in public locations, and attempt to
contact as many other Amateur Radio stations as possible. These temporary
stations frequently utilize field expdient antennas and off-the-grid power
such as solar or generators.