[amsat-bb] Re: FD Mess

STeve Andre' 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 

--STeve Andre'
wb8wsf  en72

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
> Seattle
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *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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