[amsat-bb] Re: FD Mess
andres at msu.edu
Mon Jun 27 12:43:03 PDT 2011
Me, I'm recovering from bad sunburn. I look like a lobster ready for
On 06/27/11 15:40, Bob- W7LRD wrote:
> 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
> *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
> My first FD before I was a ham, looked like a contest to me and it was
> 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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