Monday, February 18, 2008

Field Day 2008 New Rules.......

2008 Rules Changes

GOTA (Get on the Air) stations are those stations set aside by Field Day teams designed to get non-hams or newly licensed hams on the air. Unlike in past years where GOTA stations were limited to only the HF bands, the 2008 rules state that these stations may operate on any authorized HF or VHF Field Day band. Keep in mind that only one signal may be transmitted from the GOTA station at any time.

Henderson said the eligibility for operating the GOTA station has changed slightly: Anyone who has been licensed since Field Day 2007 is eligible to operate the GOTA station, regardless of license class.

For 2008, the Demonstration Mode Bonus category has been eliminated and replaced by an Educational Activity Bonus worth 100 points. "This bonus is intended to encourage clubs and groups to do some more formal educational activity during their Field Day operation," Henderson said. If you have any questions concerning what activities might be appropriate for this bonus, Henderson said you should submit them via e-mail.

Be sure to read the Field Day rules and FAQs in the 2008 Field Day Packet for details of these changes. There are also numerous small changes in the FAQs and support materials in the packet that should help groups and individuals as they plan their Field Day activities, Henderson said.

Get the Word Out!

3 comments:

Marcel N5VU said...

Steve,
I'm all over it! I've been really really busy trying to get VP6DX on 10 meters. To date I have Ducie 10 times! Wow, what a blast! Randy called me this evening and said that he heard me tuning up on top of VP6DX, I, however heard nothing. I was hearing them through the phone on Randys (K5SL) rig. I used him for a "Remote receiver." It was truly cool, he would tell me ,"GO, send your call." I just didn't have enough lead in my britches to get to them from here. My SB-220 and new Balun for my windom were arguing and wouldn't let me load a KW into it without an obscene SWR. Oh yeah, Field Day. FD is one of my favorite local/national contests. Its cause of the group effort with all of my friends (and water-burgers.) This year we will do great in 08! Setting reasonable goals and organizing the group. I want to get serious about FD (but not too serious.) I want the people who don't get the chance to contest to see what all of the hoop-lah is about. I watched the Peter 1 Dxpedition video and of course the Reef outing and I can clearly see the importance of planning, planning, planning. Contesting rocks! 73 Marcel, N5VU, SARA FD Chairman

Marcel N5VU said...

Steve,
I'm all over it! I've been really really busy trying to get VP6DX on 10 meters. To date I have Ducie 10 times! Wow, what a blast! Randy called me this evening and said that he heard me tuning up on top of VP6DX, I, however heard nothing. I was hearing them through the phone on Randys (K5SL) rig. I used him for a "Remote receiver." It was truly cool, he would tell me ,"GO, send your call." I just didn't have enough lead in my britches to get to them from here. My SB-220 and new Balun for my windom were arguing and wouldn't let me load a KW into it without an obscene SWR. Oh yeah, Field Day. FD is one of my favorite local/national contests. Its cause of the group effort with all of my friends (and water-burgers.) This year we will do great in 08! Setting reasonable goals and organizing the group. I want to get serious about FD (but not too serious.) I want the people who don't get the chance to contest to see what all of the hoop-lah is about. I watched the Peter 1 Dxpedition video and of course the Reef outing and I can clearly see the importance of planning, planning, planning. Contesting rocks! 73 Marcel, N5VU, SARA FD Chairman

Steve said...

Man you sound pumped and I love it !

I have worked Ducie on 15,20,40 and 80m both Phone and cw on those bands
cw on 30 meters
Looked for them on 10meters this afternoon just after he told Floyd they were on but seems as though the band went quickly south just as I was ready to call them !

I might try them late tonight on 160m

The most important one to me was the 40m CW qso, and it was in fact the easiest one.

cheers !

steve
KG5VK