[CQ-Contest] Field Day thought ...

Mills, Wayne N7NG N7NG at arrl.org
Mon Jun 25 15:47:21 EDT 2001


It is correct that the Novice/Tech station as such is being eliminated. The
reason is that we expected that many fewer Novice/Techs would participate
since they can now easily upgrade. Indeed, evidence to that effect began to
show in the FD results last year.

There is still interest both here and in the community for an option to
replace the Novice/Tech station. We like the idea of encouraging "newbies,"
but at the same time, we are not sure how to define them. We will consider
this at the MSC meeting in July. Thanks for your input, and if you have more
ideas, speak up!

73,  Wayne Mills, N7NG/1, manager
     Membership Services Department

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Wetjen [mailto:wd4ahz at gte.net]
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 10:32 AM
To: CQ Contest
Cc: Florida Contest Group
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Field Day thought ...

Can anyone confirm, that this weekend's Field Day was the end of the 
"free" Novice/Tech station?  I thought I read that somewhere, but can't 
remember where.

If this indeed is the case, I think I've come up with a possible 

We all talk about the lack of new blood to contesting, and of a need to 
somehow "train" those who are interested.  A possible solution would be 
a "free" station that is operated by "newbies" to contesting, and those 
who are not quite quite ready to take on the veterans.  

Over the weekend, some of us discussed the merits of setting up an 
additional station next year as a type of "training" station.  
However, if there are no bodies to operate this additional station, 
it's basically going to waste, and puts us in 3A, for example, even if 
the 3rd station has no one operating.

This new "free" station would primarily be used for seasoned contest 
veterans to take "newbies" under their wing, sit down with them, and 
teach them how to operate.  This way, while your main stations are 
going full bore with more experienced operators, this additional "free" 
transmitter can be used for training.  Making this a "free" transmitter, 
does not penalize a groups effort if there is no one operating this 
additional station at some points during Field Day.  

We try to make sure that anyone who wants to operate, gets the chance 
to do so.  Perhaps a "newbie" feels intimidated watching and listening 
to the veterans racking up the big numbers, and doesn't feel good about 
asking the veteran to give the "new guy" a shot at operating.  This 
"training" station can give these folks an opportunity to get on, in 
a more relaxed style, going at a pace that's comfortable for them, and 
with the help of a veteran contester teaching them the proper way to 
operate and practice logging. (This is actually how we used our 
Novice/Tech station in the past - when there were operators we could 
put on there!)

In much the same way that the Novice/Technician station could only be
operated by those licence classes, the "training" station can only be
operated by "newbies" or those wishing to learn.  No "veterans" would be
allowed to operate this station - but would be able to log for the
stations operating (and yes, we all know exactly what is considered a 
"veteran" contester.)

Just some random thoughts after a very enjoyable (and wet) weekend!

73, Ron  WD4AHZ (@ NJ4M)

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