[CQ-Contest] Field day no-coders?

Roland A. Anders anders at erols.com
Fri Jun 2 09:16:24 EDT 2000

See my and Bob N5NJ's answers to the no-code, non-licensed operation of the
novice/tech plus station--it ain't legal according to the ARRL rules. (Though it
would be ok with the FCC, the ARRL does not permit it for FD).

I'm not implying that the FD team that K4SB works with  has done anything wrong,
but his comments prompt me to make a statement with regard to setup.  In order to
operate the full 27 hours, all setup must be done within the 27 hour FD period.
Otherwise, setup can start no earlier than 24 hours before the start of the
actual contest period (on the east coast, that means setup cannot begin before
Friday at 2 pm).  We (Potomac Valley Radio Club and Columbia Amateur Radio Assn)
have always interpreted this to mean no staging of equipment prior to the periods
described above.  Setting towers around the area at their location, installing
bases for towers, preassembling antennas, etc, is not within the spirit of the
rules. No permanent antenna support structures (used for amateur radio operation)
are permitted, and we have interpreted that to include tower bases, etc.  Prior
to the set up period, all gear should be in the condition in which it was
transported to the site,  since the idea is to show that you can move to the site
and set up within the FD period (either the 27 hour period if you want to operate
the full 27 hour period,  or otherwise,  during the larger 48 hour period).

Part of the idea of FD is to bring more hams into contesting--teaching the
newcomers to "bend the rules" should NOT be a part of FD!

Ed Sleight wrote:

> "Roland A. Anders" wrote:
> >
> > There is no question about it, you can't do it!  FD Rule 4.1.1 states "This
> > station may only be operated by Novice/Technician Plus licensees."
> This is not strictly true. The station may be operated by ANYONE, even
> someone without a license, as long as a CONTROL operator is present with
> the required operating license. But leaving the "no coder" alone is a
> definite NO.
> So, in essence, Roland is correct, although there is an exception. Field
> day rules do not override FCC rules.
> As for setting up, anyone or anything may be used. No license
> requirements at all. At our field day setup some years ago..we used to
> use a crane to lift the tower and antenna up. But of course, the
> assembly of the tower was done after the start of the test. Which took
> about 3 minutes with about 10 guys on the job.
> Tommy's site also had a fairly large lake. And his son, who was a bow
> and arrow hunter, would shoot a line over the lake for the wire
> antennas. It's awesome to see an arrow cross 900 feet of water.
> GL to all
> 73
> Ed
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