ARRL FIELD DAY -- 1997
Call: K1TTT Section: WMA
BAND CW QSO CW QSO PTS SSB QSO SSB QSO PTS
PKT 68 114
68 = 68 Total QSO
(114 CW QSO PTS) X 2 POWER MULTIPLIER = 228
Operator List: K1TTT
Equipment Description: Pentium 100MHZ, 28.8k modem
Well, Field Day 97 is now history. Now if I can just get the ARRL to ac
it and put it in the record books.
This year I entered as class 0D just to prove that the rules for packet
FD have outlived their usefulness. I was attempting to probe new heights
absurdity, but instead I had a good time. I only had two of the expected
about 0D not being a valid class, I had expected many more. I did have a
who asked for repeats, or told me they couldn't log 0D (they must have been
CT). But over all it was a good weekend. Much more fun than sitting in a
bugs(the flying type, not CW ones, although those aren't that nice either!)
and I got
lots of firewood cut, split, and stacked in between contacts.
I worked 25 sections without even putting a radio on the air, including a
with a station from Belgium and another one from Italy (with absolutely NO
I also saw spots from KP2, KP4, and a couple other countries. There
have been more DX participation but I think the DX node links were cut off
the weekend. It was great seeing KH2D from the PAC section cq'ing on the
PacketCluster network. How many stations on the east coast never have
PAC before on FD and did this weekend? His appearence was a product of the
Internet accessability of the cluster and the Internet connection of the
PacketCluster networks. Many contacts were made via this internet link
into W8, W9, W4, and even a few into W5.
It was also nice being able to help a few stations get the ARRL FD
didn't realize all they had to do was ask their node for it, another one
forwarded to their node. This is the way to do it, just ask the node,
download it, and
you have the bonus points. No more waiting for broadcasts, trying to get
it relayed or
wasting time hunting around.
Before this weekend I had supported one of the following:
1. Remove the repeater exemption for packet radio. This would put it on
par with the
other digital modes. Since packet is now as common as many of the other
prefered treatment should probably end.
2. Allow use of digipeaters or relay nodes, but only if the repeating node
emergency power and did not use commercial communication channels (phone
lines, internet, spare channel wormholes, etc). This would make the use of
much more like it is in real emergencies. It would make it much more
since everyone would essentially have to build a temporary packet network
If you still like one of those proposals NOW is the time to contact your
representative and let them know you want the rules changed. If the rules
change I am planning a multi-op effort for 0D next year. I can probably
software ready by then to connect to each of the available cluster and chat
and log contacts automatically. That way I could get lots more wood
stacked during FD!
I wonder how it would count if I had multiple computers on the Internet?
something to designate the number of computers or phone lines like 0D2.
Or should it be sorted by bandwidth like 0D28k? Anyone want to join the
Field Day competition??? How about an operator-less catagory competition?
David Robbins K1TTT (ex KY1H)
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