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What does "THREE ALPHA in Virginia" mean?

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, ...
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How do Field Day participants protect from lightning?

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 ...
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Is Field Day a contest?

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 ...
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Is a club call sign with a suffix (i.e. /GOTA) permissible for a Field Day GOTA station?

For the ARRL Field Day, the rules state: 4.1.1.1. This station must use a different callsign from the primary Field Day station. The GOTA station must use the same callsign for the duration of the ...
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Emergency/battery power rules for Field Day: do they include computer equipment?

from ARRL: Q. What equipment at our Field Day site must be operated off of the emergency power in order to claim the 100-point per transmitter bonus? A. You must operate all transmitting and receiving ...
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What exactly is field day, and do I need equipment?

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 ...
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Can a 1A Field Day station qualify for the "Alternate Power" bonus?

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 ...
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Contesting dialog

So in a radio contest, there are definite rules about what information must be sent and received for the contact to be valid for contest points. The information that must be traded is known as the "...
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What exactly is field day, and do I need equipment?

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 ...
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What exactly is field day, and do I need equipment?

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'...
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How can I operate in the rain safely?

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 ...
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FD Battery Stations... How Do You Log?

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 ...
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Digital modes on Field Day

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 ...
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What are the qualities of a good field day site?

(Posted as an answer instead of a comment due to size) In short, the current question ("What are the qualities of a good field day site? ") is unanswerable because: Objectively, it depends ...
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Is Field Day a contest?

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 ...
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FD Battery Stations... How Do You Log?

I built a voltage booster using a LT1270A for this purpose: https://www.qsl.net/ve3lny/booster.html
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Emergency/battery power rules for Field Day: do they include computer equipment?

For class A battery stations the following rule applies: All contacts must be made using an output power of 5 Watts or less and the power source must be something other than commercial power mains ...
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Emergency/battery power rules for Field Day: do they include computer equipment?

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 ...
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How can I speed up my QSO rate for Field Day

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 ...
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Digital modes on Field Day

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 ...
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