[CQ-Contest] Major Changes to Field Day Rules (fwd)

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From: Paul Erickson (paul1@wizard.ucs.sfu.ca)
Date: Sat Mar 21 1998 - 03:10:58 EST


FYI

cheers, Paul VE7CQK/email: paul1@wizard.ucs.sfu.ca

Forwarded message:

> SB QST @ ARL $ARLB019
> ARLB019 Major changes in Field Day rules
>
> ZCZC AG19
> QST de W1AW
> ARRL Bulletin 19 ARLB019
> >From ARRL Headquarters
> Newington CT March 20, 1998
> To all radio amateurs
>
> SB QST ARL ARLB019
> ARLB019 Major changes in Field Day rules
>
> Some new rules go into effect this year for Field Day. The popular
> summertime operating event takes place each year on the fourth full
> weekend in June. This year, it will be June 27-28.
>
> A major change this year is the elimination of bonus-point credit
> for packet and VHF/UHF contacts. Field Day stations no longer will
> be allowed to count contacts via digipeaters, packet nodes, or
> similar arrangements. Class 2A and higher Field Day stations still
> may operate a ''free'' transmitter exclusively for VHF or UHF
> operation (ie, above 50 MHz) without changing their basic entry
> classification, but not for bonus points. ''It's better than bonus
> points, and groups are likely to spend more time on VHF and UHF
> because of that,'' predicted ARRL Membership Services Manager Chuck
> Hutchinson, K8CH. As in the past, crossband and repeater contacts
> other than via satellite do not count for Field Day credit.
>
> Field Day stations now can earn point credit for digital (ie,
> non-CW) contacts on each band. The phone, CW, and non-CW digital
> segments are considered separate ''bands'' in the Field Day rules.
> This means, for example, that you now may work the same station for
> point credit on 40 meters three times: once on SSB, once on CW, and
> once on RTTY, packet, or one of the 'TOR modes. SSB contacts count
> one point, and CW and non-CW digital contacts count 2 points apiece,
> so adding non-CW digital capability presents a real opportunity to
> rack up substantial additional points. ''We're expecting an
> interesting year because of the digital modes,'' Hutchinson said.
>
> The complete, official Field Day rules will appear in the May
> edition of QST. Basic Field Day rules have remained unchanged for
> several years now. The new rules undoubtedly will generate a flurry
> of computerized contest logging program revisions as developers
> scramble to incorporate the changes into their software.
>
> NNNN
> --
> 73, Bob, W2CE
>
> ======================================================================
>
> Robert Reed, W2CE W2CE@prodigy.net
> 1991 Route 37 West - Lot 109 W2CE@aol.com
> Toms River, New Jersey 08757
>
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>
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