Criticism was requested and I gave an honest answer as did several others before I even
saw the request. As stated by others, the antennas on two of the radios were in fact dummy
loads. At 7' above ground, the lobes were nearly vertical and the ERP at the horizontal was
What is demonstrated here is:
1) We cant take honest criticism
2) by and large we cant demonstrate core ham radio competencies as evidenced by
the inability to put up effective antennas, the inability to keep RF out of the shack,
using CB jargon on the air instead of proper ham jargon, the inability to
properly setup our logging software, etc.
3) the inability to learn as evidenced by not being able to apply lessons to next years
effort or even being able to reproduce one years successes the next year.
We did well with picking a nice location with clean restrooms and with consuming pizza
(provided by others). So lets just go have a picnic and socialize and not waste time setting
up impotent radio stations, or are we such social misfits that we can't interact without being
surrounded with toys to take the pressure off?
Note that there is a wide spectrum between incompetence and being a completely gung
ho and intollerant full contest station. A 'Radio Club' is supposed to know something about
radio and be able to demonstrate some core competencies.
From: Jack Amelar <jamelar@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: [GRARA] Field Day
I couldn't make it this year, but I wanted to comment on Jim's statement.
"Great friends and food, don't get no better. Life is good. I think our
Club is more about having fun then wining contests."
About 30 years I and another ham friend stopped at a GRARA FD operation
being held behind the Red Cross building, a grass field back then. The
operators involved were there to win and didn't tolerate well visitor
distractions. Short story, we just plain left.
It would be some years before I ever attended another GRARA function or
came to a meeting. By then the people involved in the FD apparently had
decided GRARA wasn't serious enough for them as I never saw any of them
I'm just reiterating Jim's point is to enjoy ourselves. If the GRARA
membership ever decides to become a hard core serious club, it will
gain some folks, and loose others. Myself, I prefer Jim's way.
73 Jack NY8D
----- Message from jm_leys@...
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:27:38 -0000
From: KD8CAN <jm_leys@...
Subject: [GRARA] Field Day
> Every FD is a learning experience, that is not a bad thing. If
> everything was perfect, what fun we would miss.
> We had a great site and the weather was good. There was lots of
> visitors asking about what was going on.
> Great friends and food, don't get no better. Life is good. I think
> our Club is more about having fun then wining contests. Hank did a
> fine job getting things set up, getting cars moved, etc. Many thanks
> to Bob Moe for having the do-dads that the rest of us always seem to
> Myself, I had a positive good time.
> Jim Leys
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