Let's see... Field Day is not a "pseudo" contest. It is in part a contest and has been since the 1930s. FT8 was quite effective for us, garnering more points than the phone and SSB stations here. No surprise considering condx weren't that great. OP: If the person wasn't joking, just ask, "Well, how long did you operate, OM, and how many QSOs did you make?" Then, give 'em the air. And next year? Conditions are probably going to be somewhat better but not great. And there will be FT4, which will handily up the digital QSO rate.