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Re: AO-40 Field Day (general FD comments)

At 10:27 AM 6/6/01, you wrote:

Hi Tim and the group, interesting stuff to think about below but lets not 
forget about the people that can not for whatever reason attend a field day 
site.  They can still offer a considerable amount of support for field day 
by putting their home station on the air and providing contacts for the 
field sites.

Just about any emergency communication situation that I can think of is 
going to involve getting information from a cut off area back to areas 
outside of the affected area to get help, supplies Ect.  By putting your 
home station on the air (preferably with battery power) you will be able to 
emulate part of the link that would be used during a real emergency.

So please show your support for field day and put your favorite mode on the 

My goal this field day will be to put my station on the air for as long as 
I can using 100% battery power and provide as many HF digital contacts as I 
can for the field stations. (don't have my satellite station ready yet)

That's all for now, Dale kf4sir

>Food for Thought:
>Historically speaking the ARRL Field Day is not suppose to be a contest.
>Being a realist, I recognize that many treat it as  contest between clubs
>and individuals.
>On the other hand the AMSAT sponsored Field Day activity is definitely
>a competition.  If you read the AMSAT rules or visit the AMSAT web site
>you will find the title "2001 AMSAT Field Day  Competition".  To me, this
>title implies the reality of what happens on Field Day.
>I was going to hold this challenge until the week before Field Day but here
>it  goes anyway.  This year, on Field Day I challenge everyone to observe
>what was learned or accomplished that would apply to a true emergency
>or catastrophic condition.
>A few things come to mind like:
>1. Dealing with the elements of remote emergency operation.
>2. Planning and setting up the physical hardware at the Field Day site.
>3. Sharing the equipment to bring new users to the hobby or offer the
>     experience of operating in less than optimal conditions.
>4. Working with alternative sources of energy (ie. batteries, solar power,
>     charging batteries with solar power, power generators, etc)
>5. Dealing with RF and EMI interference.
>6. Dealing with personality differences and resolving them diplomatically.
>     Yes, they happen.  I have seen people walk off the Field Day site
>     because they could not command control or get anybody to agree with
>     them.  In an emergency situation, you are better off weeding out the
>     difficult people who will drain your energy.  It is the game of life, so
>     have to let it go and move on to be productive and preventing people
>     from getting killed due to stupidity.
>7. Assigning and sharing responsibilities of items or issues that need
>     periodic maintenance like not letting the generator run out of fuel.
>8. What to do in the event of lightning or other natural elements.  You
>      would be shocked (no pun intended) at the number of people who do
>      not understand how lightning works or how to protect themselves from
>      a lightning strike.  I know a lot of lightning strike victims from the
>      Lightning Strike & Electric Shock Survivors conference.  If they only
>      knew the dangers and facts beforehand they could have been spared
>      a lifetime of trauma.
>There are many things that come to mind that would add to the list, but
>these are some of the essential things that take place on Field Day.
>One ingredient that seems to be missing is the effective operation in the
>event of an actual emergency.  Contest style operation would not reign
>like it does on Field Day.  If it did, a lot of people would be in serious
>trouble.  Actually, as I see it we would have more structured operations
>where a Net Control Operator would be controlling any given frequency
>for the efficient and accurate flow of information.  There may be multiple
>Net style operations taking place if the situation warranted greater areas
>of coverage.  I am not a Net junkie myself and never have been, but the
>reality suggests that there would be some form of control operating
>On Field Day this year take note about the things that happen around
>you to make the operation work and then think about what it would be
>like if it were an actual emergency, how differently we would be
>communicating in an actual emergency.
>My goal at Field Day is to introduce as many new people to satellite
>operation every year and mentor new satellite users on how to work
>the satellites.  Kids love computers and we use it to show them how
>computers can be used in Amateur Radio with digital operation and
>antenna control systems for automation.
>Tim - N8DEU
>Huntsville, Alabama
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Dale Coleman

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