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I don't do FD for points. I do it primarily for fun with my radios with a couple friends. I seldom submit logs. But at the end of the day I enjoyed successfully having contacts using (in my case) minimal power, easily deployed homebrew antennas in the "wild" and completely "off the grid", except for the portapotty!
I usually use CW not to prove my superior skill, which I don't have, but because I like it and it's simple and works at 5 watts. And it fits my goal of just 4 or 5 pounds of gear including my antenna
If my friend next to me used some other mode and brought 39 pounds of stuff, I encourage him and sometimes even feel a bit of envy!🙂
In a real emergency I don't think we'd care what mode or gear someone used. We'd just be thankful that one of us got through! THAT is the important point about field day. So forget the scores and "just do it" the way that works for you. And bless the guy (or gal) who does it another way.
Oh, and stay curious and open minded. YOU may be the guy who falls in love with the next new mode!😁
Thanks for answering my CQ!
I agree completely. Maybe an email or letter writing campaign to the ARRL would get them thinking.
If I was part of the rule making committee the increasing weight for scoring would be Digital , SSB (or other phone), Satellite, then CW..... however each venue sets their rules and I guess we have a choice..... play or not.
Your points however are spot on because every other mode requires far more skills than any digital mode although the setup may take some finesse initially, the point scoring should not be the same as CW....... IMHO, but ARRL needs to address it I think.
I have been around microcomputers since ‘75, love ‘em but they are not radio and the clicking on some of the modes reminds me of playing “PONG”.....never liked the game.
If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.
Out of 52 Qs I had 6 1E contacts. I was doing 1B with a 5W S/N
001 from a park
5 blocks from the lab. Started on 20m at local sunset when the
band opened up.
Repeat on Sunday a.m.
I got 22 states and N7WY couldn't hear me this a.m. No DX worked,
But, I might bring up the following question and squash me if I am
Do you believe that a digital operator should be given the same
points as a CW operator? Should not the CW op be given some
the time and energy in on learning a skill that is not done
without a (*&*)(*
computer? I put this in the same category as 'dumbing down' the
level of the ham population. Go for the bucks.
For your consideration from a grumpy old guy.
On 6/23/19 5:28 PM, Paul Goemans wrote:
I noticed the same. It’s getting easier with the
available power gates and better batteries/ quieter
generators these days!
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Sent: Sunday, June 23, 2019 9:44 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Field Day
Personally, I am encouraged by the number of
stations I hear operating 1-E or 2-E. In a true emergency, anyone not already
deployed to service is very likely to be directed to shelter in place. Being
able to operate for an extended period of time on emergency power from a home
station is a true asset that is sometimes not considered.