ARRL Field Day is arguably the most important annual event in Amateur Radio. It is often called “ham radio’s open house.” Field Day is the one time every year when amateurs around the country and the world can truly show off their emergency preparedness skills.
The Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club has a long history of participation in Field Day every year. The first HPARC Field Day was held in 1967 at Norm Raymond’s (WA8ZPL) home in Ferndale, Michigan. The club now usually holds Field Day at Scout Park in Hazel Park, Michigan, and the event is always open to the public.
The club’s alternate call sign, W8JXU, was acquired in memory of Al Hoffman, who was a friend of all Hazel Park hams. That call sign is used for the GOTA (“get on the air”) station during Field Day, which anyone can use to operate a station regardless of license class or status as long as there is a properly licensed control operator present.