[amsat-bb] Re: FD Mess

John Geiger aa5jg at fidmail.com
Mon Jun 27 12:11:01 PDT 2011

Of course it isn't a contest.  The best evidence is that they print the
scores in QST!

73s John AA5JG

On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM, STeve Andre' <andres at msu.edu> wrote:

> Well, is IS a contest, no matter what the ARRL says.  People see it as
> such.
> My first FD before I was a ham, looked like a contest to me and it was only
> later, reading all the ARRL books I could get ahold of that I realized it
> really wasn't one.
> All contests where you go outside are test runs for emergency stuff.
> Our club in Ann Arbor MI (Arrow Communication Association) does the
> summer vhf+ contests outside (6m-1296) and those have been a great
> way to figure out  ways of doing stuff.
> I would argue that the ARRL needs to change the way they talk, and
> offer FD as both a contest and exercise in communications, and
> speak of the exercise opportunities at the other contests, especially
> those of rovers.
> --STeve Andre'
> wb8wsf  en72
> On 06/27/11 14:21, Nigel Gunn wrote:
> > A bigger FD problem is that FD is advertised as a chance to demonstrate
> > your emergency comms ability to Joe Public.
> > FD is NOT a contest so why are points and bonuses  involved at all?
> >
> > On 27/06/11 19:13, Bill Acito W1PA wrote:
> >> I think we have to let go of the mantra that “any use of the bandwidth
> is good use” with respect to  “encouraging more satellite activity”. Wasn’t
> that the original intent of the “100 point bonus” items? To encourage
> specific activities – traffic handling, promotion, emergency power, etc.
> >>
> >
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