How many have someone in their club who think that bringing an older rig (TR-4C, TS-520S, FT-101EE, SB series Heathkits) has no place at Field Day? That your rig MUST be computer controlled?
Granted those rigs have inherent phase noise and some diehard contest types cringe over it but as long as the rig doesn't splatter all over the spectrum and is stable it should not matter if someone brings one.You have to use that gray mass between your ears instead of having a computer to do all of your functioning for you.
Actually the phase noise of those rigs you mention is very low. They're all analog.
Here are the real reasons not to bring older rigs to a multi-multi Field Day unless you REALLY know what you're doing:
1) Many ops - both new and old - don't have any idea of how to operate them. Unless you can sit by the rig and make sure everyone who uses it knows how, be prepared for trouble with a capital T
2) Some older rigs have not-so-hot dynamic range and will have a hard time in a multi-multi setup.
3) The IF filters in some older rigs will be challenged by the contest environment
4) Some older rigs are fussy about line voltage and quality.
5) Some older rigs are bigger and heavier than their modern counterparts.
6) Interfacing to a computer can be more complicated.
This is not to say it can't be done. See QST for June 1994, page 55.
73 de Jim, N2EY