[TowerTalk] Wire Antennas Only For Field Day

jimlux jimlux at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 5 17:29:15 EDT 2017

On 7/5/17 1:29 PM, Tom Osborne wrote:
> Nothing to level.  It's not a contest :-)  74

I'd rather work the unsure and give them the pleasure of an easy 
contact.  When I operated in the W6VIO (JPL)/W6UE (Caltech) stations for 
FD in years past, it was nice to be the one who was easy to work for all 
the clearly inexperienced ops for whom this was probably their first 
"busy" weekend.  Sure, there's a bit of a pileup, but I'm not going to 
rain on their parade when they ask questions, or when I ask for a repeat 
of the exchange, or, gosh, they're a dupe (because someone else at their 
station worked us 12 hours earlier).

But QST does publish points, and some people do consider it a contest.

It's only a quasi emergency drill - if you're operating in the field, 
you can't start setting up too early.

But I see it more as a marketing opportunity for ham radio.

> Tom W7WHY
> On Jul 5, 2017 11:07 AM, "Russ Dearmore via TowerTalk" <
> towertalk at contesting.com> wrote:
>>   I was wondering if in the past FD was regulated to only wire antennas.
>> It would seem to be a way to level the playing field for all participants
>> and add a stealthy aspect to the weekend.  There's something about aluminum

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