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First, some background on general amateur radio procedure: Field Day "is not a contest", but acts a lot like one. In any contest contact, the "exchange" is whatever information is communicated, beyond the call signs of the participants and the procedure of making and confirming the contact. In many contests, but not Field Day, the exchange is a signal ...


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They are not intending to keep operating in spite of a thunderstorm in the vicinity, are they? That would be very dangerous and foolish. Well in advance of the storm, the group must unplug the equipment, antennas, and power and get into a suitable building or vehicles until the storm is well past. There may be some good information in this search.


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No, Field Day is not a contest, because stations do not submit logs for checking to validate the claimed scores. No plaques or other commemorations of competitive achievement are sponsored or awarded by ARRL, the sanctioning organization. That does not stop participants from behaving as though Field Day is a contest. Inasmuch as a primary goal of the ...


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For the 2013 Field Day rules, this is answered in the FAQ in the information packet. Emphasis is in the original document. Q. What is considered a generally inactive licensee? A. The GOTA station is not for everyone. The generally inactive licensee provisions pertain to someone who holds an amateur that has been inactive for a significant period ...


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Of course you get the 100 points. You only used one transmitter, so there wasn't an issue of using more than your classification allowed. What the next-to-last sentence of that paragraph is getting at, somewhat sloppily, is operations that only used alternate power briefly to make their 5 QSOs. For example, our group was 2A, using two transmitters full time ...


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Field Day is an emergency preparedness exercise/ contest that is held the last full weekend of June each year in the United States and Canada. It is sponsored and maintained by ARRL. Points are awarded in a variety of ways, but the general idea is that the station should be set up in short order, operate only on emergency power, and a number of other ...


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In addition to what @rhaig said, a field day group can have a Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station, for use by unlicensed operators or newly-licensed hams, overseen by an experienced ham/instructor (the Control Operator of the station).


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The number of contacts will depend much on the band conditions. But to get a feel for the number of points you might gain for your efforts, you might take a look at what participants in 2012/2013/2014 managed to achieve. Here's one sample: http://k8bxq.org/node/7 To gauge the rate of growth in popularity (to get an idea of the prospects for next year) take a ...


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The field day location finder usually has info about the group running the local field day op. Get in contact with them about participating, see if they have any needs you can help with (sometimes it's not gear that is needed). The last time I went to a field day location, they had a station for each band/mode they were operating on, and when I walked up ...


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Generally, keep equipment higher up and sheltered from the elements. The comment above about being unsympathetic to the desire for a foot-switch is not far off the mark too. A foot-switch is a comfort, and (as you have discovered) Field Day is not about comforts. If it's dry and pleasant out then sure, use a foot-switch. If it starts getting damp, unplug it ...


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You can get an inverter that will run a 35W, or even a 65W 120V laptop charger from a 12V source for around $25 at any auto parts store. That won't get you internet, but it will get you all-day operation fairly cheaply.


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Based on this affiliated club document, yes, Field Day is a contest. Field Day is a competitive event sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The objective is for participating individuals and organizations to: Go to a location where there is normally no communications capability. Create one. Contact as many stations as ...


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I built a voltage booster using a LT1270A for this purpose: https://www.qsl.net/ve3lny/booster.html


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Where I see the word commercial is in relation to electrical power only. In other words, when you are not on commercial power you can be on batteries, solar, whatever, but clearly off-grid. It is called emergency power to imply that it is the setup you would use if the whole power grid went down. It includes all devices from computers to radios, ...


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QSO speed up... Be a part of a club with multiple operators. All QSOs CW. Use automatic computer logging of QSOs (e.g. N1MM Logger) Cheat and use automatic computer macros and copy rather than sending by hand and receiving by ear. Make sure CW speed is 35+ and stick to the lower portions of the bands where others operate at that speed. Most importantly, ...


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You might be surprised at the number of 6 and 2M contacts you can generate using low power and simple antennas. I have been able to do several Grid expeditions to put on the less populated grids for the guys chasing VUCC on 6 and 2 Meteor Scatter. I used my FT897 mobile at 100W (50W on 2) out into a 9 element 2M Yagi and Full wave loop made of wire and a PVC ...


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