[CQ-Contest] Field Day and contesting...

Zack Widup w9sz.zack at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 11:34:56 PDT 2010

This last weekend was my 44th Field Day. I have always enjoyed getting out
and operating in the field for a weekend. I've been in FD operations over
the years that ranged from large, full-blown 15A stations, with a mess tent
and everything for eating and sleeping, and a few stations with legal-limit
amps powered by a 12 kW generator, to single 1A stations running barefoot or

I have never operated from home on FD. It's fun to me as a FIELD day. I do
enjoy all the QSO's with 1D stations, as they help fill our category A logs.
And I realize they can do whatever they want to. If they want to have fun
calling CQ and running stations, well OK, but that's not FIELD day. To
me, that would be just something to do for fun. It's not the same level of

Field Day is one of the few events that gives points for activities other
than making QSO's - like having a visit by a government official, for press
releases and for copying the ARRL FD bulletin. Also for sending a radiogram
to your SM. I wonder how many people these days know how to send a
radiogram? I'm curious how many FD stations actually did that.

So do whatever you'd like, but let's keep the FIELD in Field Day as much as

73, Zack W9SZ

On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 6:44 AM, Bill Coleman <aa4lr at arrl.net> wrote:

> On Jun 29, 2010, at 5:34 PM, Jim Reisert AD1C wrote:
> > Yes, I know that 1D to 1D QSOs count for 0 points.  But it *doesn't*
> > mean that I can't work other 1D stations.  I didn't mind when 1D
> > stations called me.
> >
> > I really do NOT like people telling me who I can or can't work during
> > an operating event, or implying that I'm ignorant of the rules.  My
> > license says I can work anyone anywhere, within the rules dictated by
> > Part 97 of the FCC code.
> It occurs to me the easiest way around the dilemma of 1D stations not being
> able to work other 1D stations for points is to never operate 1D. Find a way
> to use emergency power for your rig and operate 1E instead. Then, everything
> counts.
> Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
> Web: http://boringhamradiopart.blogspot.com
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