[amsat-bb] Re: FD Mess

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Mon Jun 27 12:40:39 PDT 2011

After all the hoopala settles.  When/where else can you play with radios, go camping, go potty in the woods, get bug bites, have a good time with friends, and figure how all this stuff works.  Because,  just maybe, one day you'll have to do it for real! 

still scratching bites 

73 Bob W7LRD 


----- Original Message -----

From: "STeve Andre'" <andres at msu.edu> 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 12:09:45 PM 
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: FD Mess 

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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