[CQ-Contest] ARRL Field Day - "Please copy ..."

DAN WEISENBURGER kw4t at arrl.net
Sat May 30 01:09:56 PDT 2009

The better your rhythm and the bigger the pile-up the sooner you will be 
called by the loudest signal on the band, pinning your S-Meter, running 
from his home station, his amp at full tilt boogie, as he returns from 
your part of the exchange you hear the following:

W-xyz , W-xyz  this is  k-abc, k-abc , k-abc, Kentucky - alabama 
baltimore california, the name here is Bob, Broken Old Bottle, Bob  My 
QTH (yes this is voice) is about 27 and a half miles east-southeast of 
Schenectedy, New York.  Your signal is really coming in good here today, 
I would say maybe around an s8 or s9.  There sure are a lot of signals 
on the band.  The weather here is mostly cloudy with a good chance of 
rain later this afternoon.  The Rig here is a Collins KWM-380 it's 
pretty old but no where near as old as I am. There sure are a lot of 
signals on the band today.  I'm not in any contsts but I thought I'd 
give you a point       So back she comes...My name is Bob and I'm near 
Schenectedy, New York   W-xyz, W-xyz, W-xyz this is K-abc, K-abc, K-abc, 
Kentucky - Alabama, Baltimore, California, Bob near Schenectedy,  How copy?

73 from Lake Moneysgone,  Dan  KW4T

Jim Reisert AD1C wrote:

>Now I know where the practice of "Please copy ..." came from!
>The ARRL Letter
>Vol. 28, No. 21
>May 29, 2009
>Many amateurs treat ARRL Field Day (June 27-28) as a contest, even
>though it isn't one <http://www.arrl.org/fieldday>. But if your idea
>of Field Day fun is to go for the highest score possible, ARRL Contest
>Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, offered the following suggestions at
>the ARRL Field Day Forum at the 2009 Dayton Hamvention.
>4) When working a station, you should give your exchange information
>only once and keep it simple. "Whiskey-One-Alfa-Whiskey, copy three
>Foxtrot Connecticut, QSL?" If they didn't get all of the exchange,
>they will ask for a repeat.
>5) If you are running a pileup: Once you have pulled a call out of the
>pileup, give your exchange information first. Here's an example:
>"Whiskey-One-Alfa-Whiskey, copy 3F Connecticut, QSL?" Don't ask for
>the calling station's information first -- this will reduce any sense
>of rhythm and timing in the pileup.

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