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Author Topic: field day is sooooo yesterday  (Read 1157 times)
WA4D
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« on: May 08, 2008, 05:35:47 PM »

Field Day. The venerable ham tradition for decades. A weekend to get out and operate radios.  The date is announced months in advance. Some groups do it up big with families, others eek it out minimalist QRP style, and still others just do what they can. The "contest" is the same as it has been for many many years. Points awarded for contacts and the usual multipliers for various other criteria (power level, mode, power source).  

What if Field day?

Was held at different times of the year?
Was announced with only 90 minutes warning? (in a 6 week window)
Was limited to an 8 hour stretch of operating
Required Digital modes and connectivity with a central server
Asks that groups stream a Web cam of their operations so others could monitor
Recognized a group for the most amusing set up? the most extreme operating conditions? or multiple locations during the 8 hour shift?
Didn't matter how many contacts you made if your emphasis was on the set up and a using a combination of the web and bands to "educated" others on logistics, operating practices and a "live" demo using both video across the net and over the air demonstration of the methods you use.
No numeric point scoring system. That's been played.
Make your own "media"---- Local mainstream media stories are generally poorly written and the same tired tripe that is published year after year. Emphasize the fun and connection to larger technology. And deemphasize the "when all else fails" propaganda.
Add your own suggestions......

Does the League ever do anything new? It's time to blow up the old model. Even Hiram Percy would welcome a new party. Field day is a relic of another time. Let's move on.

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N5EAT
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008, 07:00:01 PM »

Field day in Alabama is a sweatfest.  Or a lightning
avoidance exercise.   I agree.   Change the date to fall.  We can exchange football scores or something.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2008, 03:03:57 AM »

Let's move on.


Please
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2008, 06:57:57 AM »

This is a re-cycled topic from QRZ.com.  It has all been said there.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2008, 02:38:02 PM »

"field day is sooooo yesterday"

Well darn.  I missed it!  I thought it was at the end of June.

Too bad, Field Day is a good excuse to set up in the woods and make a bunch of fun contac... wha?!  It's not good enough or relevant enough?

Ooh.. my bad.




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Dan
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2008, 08:11:21 PM »

I think he's just miffed because nobody asked him to be a Band Captain.

See you on the air June 28/29!

73,
Larry, N2HBX
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2008, 06:27:36 PM »

Is there any part of amateur radio that this guy doesn't think is out of date?

WA4D: if, as your postings indicate, amateur radio activities and web sites distress you so, perhaps it's not the hobby for you.

73,

Lon - W3LK
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2008, 08:12:22 PM »

I agree. It's becoming very stale, lets try it with 90 minutes notice and see what our capabilities are.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2008, 01:43:53 PM »

Frankly - field day is one of the most fun days in ham radio.  It gets you out of the house and generally into the great or not so great outdoors.  It puts you among friends and gives everyone a taste of contesting.

Having only 90 minutes would not phase many of us  mobile guys.  Which brings up an idea for a car-mounted antenna only event.  

 

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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2008, 09:46:31 PM »

"Having only 90 minutes would not phase many of us mobile guys"

Sorry to hear that.  A bunch of phased mobiles would have a big signal.

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Dan
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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2008, 12:45:52 PM »

This is a re-cycled topic from QRZ.com. It has all been said there.

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I don't mess with "Fred and his....Q R Z'ed...."

Fellas!  I think we are sadly missing the whole underlying reason for Field Day!!  

FD is a weekend out with our ham buddies so we can drink plenty of beer, eat lots of subs and pizzas, and who gives a rat's hiney how many contacts we make!!

That's the FD I know and love!!!

Bill
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