Reflections on Field Day

Category: DCARC Communicator - Newsletter Published: Sunday, 03 July 2016 Written by Chad Rapier

Field day has come and gone once again, and I wanted to reflect on a few important thoughts I had while there:


  1. Logging can be just as fun as making the contacts when the team is "in the grove" and pileups are happening. 

  2. When you think you are ready, you aren't. When you know you are ready, you still aren't. Just go.

  3. The best antenna for your station is the one that is connected. The 20 minutes you spend playing with feed-lines does not recover the loss of 20 minutes off the air.

  4. Trailer lighting is like personal relationship building. Don't assume it's always good. Check on it often. Get creative when not functioning right.  

  5. No matter how fevered the contest, there is always time to be polite and friendly. 

  6. Meals will happen with or without you. No one is required to inform you. Get a watch and use it. 

  7. You can never have enough antennas. 

  8. In large and complicated group projects, pay special attention to the quiet guy that isn't saying anything. He sees that important detail that no one else is noticing.

  9. Don't be afraid to call the quiet stations even when others are booming around him/her. Those strong stations will probably still be around in five minutes. The quiet little guy running QRP probably will not.

  10. If you aren't having fun, try something different.  There is no one way to do any of this, as long as it's safe and legal. 

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