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Author Topic: Being considerate on Field Day!  (Read 2353 times)
KI4JGT
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« on: August 06, 2010, 08:53:26 PM »

OK, as some of you may know, I am working on a field day program known as SmashIndex @ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smashindex

I am wanting to include some gentlemen rules and things to consider for anyone who operates my program, things like field day rules (the ones that stay the same every year) common sense rules (that everyone seems to forget) and a few others. If any of you guys have any suggestions, please leave them here, or join the group and leave them there. Your participation would be very much appreciated! And just to let everyone know, this is FREE software. Thanks 73 KI4JGT
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N2EY
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2010, 05:46:13 AM »

I am wanting to include some gentlemen rules and things to consider for anyone who operates my program, things like field day rules (the ones that stay the same every year) common sense rules (that everyone seems to forget) and a few others.

I'm not sure what you're asking.

"Gentleman rules" are the responsibility of the operator; how can software be involved?

The Field Day rules are available free for the download from ARRL. There's no telling what they'll change from year to year, which makes it important to look only at the rules for this year. Putting the FD rules in the software makes it too easy to miss something unless the software is updated every year.

What, exactly, do you want the software to do besides log and dupe contacts?

btw, I applaud your efforts to make a free, open-source software package for FD. However, please note that there are existing software packages such as N3FJP whose cost is very low (lunch at McD's costs more!). 


73 es GL de Jim, N2EY
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AB2T
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2010, 06:00:13 AM »

Thanks KI4JGT for coding the software.  Looks like a good project.  Nice of you to keep it open source.

If you could, it might be a good idea to integrate a chart of the band plans or (if this is possible) a way to alert the operator that he/she has gone outside the mode sub-band or even the band itself.  An "out of range" alert would be nice for those who are operating an unfamiliar mode.

Best of luck.

73, Jordan
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KI4JGT
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2010, 07:06:37 AM »

You know, just average every day radio considerations, like remembering to keep your cool, or to use the international phonetics or just all kinds of other things. and I'm hoping to keep it open sourced. I love the fact that when you write Open Sourced on something, you get all kinds of people willing to help you out with it! LOL
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2010, 03:23:19 AM »

The contesting wiki has a lot of good contest information and guidelines. Here's the section I wrote on "Sweepstakes Etiquette:" - http://wiki.contesting.com/index.php/ARRL_Sweepstakes#Sweepstakes_Etiquette
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