Amateur radio fans: Have a Field Day!

If you’re a ham radio buff, the six-month wait until the next Jamboree on the Air feels like a lifetime.

Fortunately, there’s hope. Wait just two months and attend the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day on June 23 and 24.

Both events have ties to the ARRL, but unlike JOTA, the Field Day doesn’t have any direct Scouting ties.

Still, it’s a great opportunity to meet local amateur radio operators and ask them to get involved in the Jamboree on the Air in October. Plus, it’s a great way to introduce your Scouts or Venturers to the fun and technology of amateur radio.

Here’s the scoop:


The ARRL is the national organization for amateur radio in the U.S. The BSA and the ARRL signed a memorandum of mutual understanding in early 2011 recognizing their work together that began in 1918 with the introduction of the Wireless Merit Badge, now called the Radio Merit Badge.


ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the United States.

Each year more than 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends, or by themselves to operate. Usually, they are operating outdoors at a local park, using solar panels, batteries, or generators. It is considered an emergency preparedness exercise, a public relations demonstration, and a great event for ham radio clubs to have fun and get on the air contacting other stations.


June 23 and 24.


You can locate the events near you by using this online locator map.


Take advantage of this superb opportunity to introduce your Scouts and Venturers to amateur radio and to make valuable contacts that can help organize a JOTA event for your council, district, crew, troop, team, or pack.

For more information…

Contact Jim Wilson, K5ND, national JOTA organizer at

Photo by Flickr user C-Serpents.

5 thoughts on “Amateur radio fans: Have a Field Day!

  1. There are many Scouting units that either are Ham Radio Crews, such as Venturing Crew 80 in Alexandria, Va, or have Ham Radio clubs as part of their Scouting program. Check us out. We will be happy to let your young people and adult leaders come out and try it out.

  2. I love that your talking about this. I will be a Radio MBC when my son crosses over next year. For my part I have done the Tiger Go See IT for communication using Ham Radios. I have tried several times within my area to get Ham Radio Clubs to help us durign these events. No luck. 73 K7RUB

  3. @scouteradam.. That’s great that you’ll become a Radio Merit Badge counselor. Here’s a website that can give some resources and ideas for teaching it and you can share them with local ham clubs. A lot of times, they just don’t know how get started with Scouts.

    Gary, K2GW

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