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Field Day B-Battery id?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N6MST, Mar 13, 2019 at 10:21 PM.

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  1. N6MST

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    How do people ID themselves as a B-Battery station during Field Day? There's got to be a short version for CW, right?
     
  2. KB4QAA

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  3. W7UUU

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    Ditdahdit!!
     
  4. N2EY

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    Just as Class B. There is no separate ID for Battery in any category, on any mode.
     
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  5. N6MST

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    Ah, ok. So it just makes a difference when submitting logs? Easy enough! Thanks.
     
  6. N2EY

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    Yes, that's correct. All Field Day categories use the same format: Maximum number of transmitters as defined by the rules, followed by a single letter designator. 7A, 1B, 4F, 1C, etc. in the exchange.

    Other sub-categories, such as "Battery", "Commercial Mains" or the number of operators in B category, are only shown on the summary sheet.

    Examples:

    - Podunk Hollow Radio Club sets up 4 stations plus a GOTA station and 1 VHF/UHF station, but the guy with the generator never shows. So they go on the air as 4A, but on the summary sheet and in the listings they are 4A - Commercial.

    - Bill and Charlie Hamm set up an Elecraft K2 and power it by NiMH batteries charged by a solar panel. They go on the air as 1B, but on the summary sheet and in the listings they are 1B-2 - Battery.

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    Note that in order to get the Battery multiplier of 5, ALL of the following conditions must be met:

    1) Power output of ALL transmitters used, including GOTA, VHF, etc., must be 5 watts or less. ("Either everyone is QRP, or nobody is")

    2) Power source is not a motor-driven generator or commercial mains.

    3) If batteries are used for power, they cannot be charged by a motor-driven generator or commercial mains during the Field Day period.

    Three months to Field Day 2019!

    73 de Jim, N2EY
     
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  7. N6MST

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    My 1B-Battery station consists of a 50 amp hour battery, solar panel and charge controller, and my IC-7300 turned down to 5W. Living in California's central valley gives me access to a lot of mountains, gonna have to make this year a SOTA activation at the same time :)

    Thanks for the info, Jim.
     
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  8. AA7EJ

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    Part of an exchange officially called "class"
    as in "13B " = using thirteen SIMULTANEOUSLY operated rigs ALL fed by battery/ batteries.

    This is not an invite to nitpick FD rules, let's wait AFTER FD.

    73 Shirley
     
  9. N6MST

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    First off, what two-person (max) team is bringing THIRTEEN transmitters portable or battery powered? I'd like to see their setup!

    Second, what are you talking about regarding nitpicking any rules? This thread has nothing to do with nitpicking rules.
     
  10. N2EY

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    No. Just....no.

    The use of batteries is not part of the exchange.
     

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