Re: Field Day log checking
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I’m from the old school. Field Day was and always will be a contest, but of a different sort. It isn’t SS or CQWW but it isn’t SET either. SET is a communications exercise to demonstrate emergency preparedness.
Back in the day, I was a member of the Connecticut Wireless Association (CWA). Many of the members were ARRL HQ staffers including W1BDI, W1NJM, W1ECH, W1XX, W1JMY and others (oh, W1BGD in those days). In those days (1960-1975), FD was a competition.
CWA took FD as a very serious contesting effort. We planned much of the year for it. One member, W2ADE, invented the octopus which allowed multiple rigs on the air but preventing simultaneous transmission so we had 9 radios with 3 in a “pod” so we were legit 3A.
We were consistently in the top 5 3A if not number 1 nationally.
Fast forward to today. When did FD stop being a “contest”? I suspect it has everything to do with ARRL HQ resources to treat it as such and there isn’t enough to go around.
From: ARRL-Contesting@... <ARRL-Contesting@...> On Behalf Of Tom Taormina
Sent: Friday, November 08, 2019 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Contesting] Field Day log checking
It is not a contest, but it is how many of us got our start in contesting. Someone took me to Field Day 1958 and I was hooked
Tom Taormina, K5RC
The Comstock Memorial Station, W7RN
Thanks for asking.
Field Day is not a contest (it’s a communications exercise), and as such it is not adjudicated (so there is no log checking).
I’ll email you separately regarding the scoring.
Thanks for participating!
Bart Jahnke, W9JJ
Radiosport and Field Services Manager
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street
Newington CT 06111-1400
Reading the 2019 Field Day results, something just occurred to me. The QSOs we submitted were 1078. In the listing for W4TA (3A), I see 1078 listed in the QSOs column. While I would hope we were that accurate, that is just not likely at all.