Re: Field Day
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I have long thought ARRL Field Day rules need a makeover. The last time I spoke with anyone at the League about it, they weren't interested in new ideas.
When digital was RTTY and PSK-31 it seemed reasonable to equate its value to CW. CW takes more operator skill, but Digital is more valuable to Emergency Management as it allows more possible routes for the message and less chance of spelling errors. So from an emergency perspective I can see parody in them. While the Free Text line in FT-8 can convey a real Field Day exchange, I think few operators would use it for such a purpose, and it would take awhile to do it. RTTY and PSK-31 may still be King for Field Day type exchanges.
The other thing I think is way overdue for updating is the Battery class. Apparently the ARRL thinks it's only possible to run 5 watts from a battery and solar panel. Our Club has been running 100 watt transmitters on battery power for the last 20 years, but can't claim it because the rules restrict Battery to 5 watts or less. This is not to be confused with the Power Multiplier for QRP, 150 watts, or 1.5 KW.
Any thoughts about other things that should be suggested to the League. (Keep it nice )
On Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 10:06 PM chuck adams <chuck.adams.k7qo@...> wrote: