[CQ-Contest] Field day no-coders?

Roland A. Anders anders at erols.com
Fri Jun 2 09:00:39 EDT 2000

I agree with Neal EXCEPT, once again I must point out that the control operator
concept is an FCC rule but we are talking about a more restrictive FD rule set
by the FCC (as Bob, N5NJ points out).  The FD rules can be more restrictive, and
they are in many cases besides this one--for instance, you can't operate on the
WARC bands even if licensed for them; and you can't have two signals in one
band/mode, which is not forbidden by the FCC.

Just to be sure those who might be participating in FD teams are all following
the same rules--it is NOT permissible to have non-licensed or no-code techs run
the "freebie" novice-techplus station, no matter who the control op is.  The
ARRL was trying to encourage novice and tech-plus hams to have their own
station.  Maybe they should have included no-code and non-licensed individuals
in order to encourage them, but they didn't!  Non-licensed and no-code CAN
operate the "regular" FD station, however, if a proper control op is available.

N7RX wrote:

> We use the novice station as a means of inciting excitement among our
> younger members, including the licenseless and "no-coders", in an
> environment thats less intense than the main stations. (Heaven forbid any of
> them should decide that CW contesting is a worthwhile avocation.)
> I think that the station should be retained indefinitely by the rules as a
> "freebie". The points we got off the thing last year got us over 10k, and
> the rest of the club is motivated to make sure that the station gets set-up
> as a result.
>  As long as there's a control op present, there is no problem.
> 73 Neal N7RX
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Pete Smith <n4zr at contesting.com>
> To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 10:29 PM
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Field day no-coders?
> >
> > At 10:21 PM 5/31/00 EDT, KI9A at aol.com wrote:
> > >
> > >hey gang,  I have a question about field day--on the novice/tech station,
> IF
> > >a we use a couple of tech +'s to set up & operate the novice/tech
> station,
> > >using a TECH+ call,  can a NO-CODE tech operate & help set-up?
> > >just wondering, we have a no-coder who wants to get his feet wet, since
> the
> > >HF stations are full of "hard-core guys", novice station seems like the
> > >obvious place to start..
> > >what do you think??
> >
> > >From a legal standpoint, as long as a Tech+ is present to serve as the
> > control op, sure, but are your "hard-core" folks really that "hard?"  On
> > our FDs, there is always plenty to do till the gun sounds, but lots of
> > operating time available on the "regular" stations, and no reason a Tech
> > couldn't operate one of them too, under the same control op standard.
> >
> > Yhe FD rule somebody cited was clearly intended to prevent operation of
> the
> > novice/tech station by HIGHER class ops, not to negate opportunities for
> > no-code Techs to be exposed to FD.
> >
> > 73, Pete Smith N4ZR
> > n4zr at contesting.com
> >
> >
> >
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