A previous thread asked what folks were doing for FD. As usually happens when such a question is posed, it invariably ends up that -- Others will make a reference to FD being a 'contest' and that they don't operate it because they don't like contests. -- Others contend that newcomers should be wary and check out the group they go with because it will be most likely that a group who is 'contest oriented' will tend to leave 'newbies' abandoned and isolated while they pursue the Holy Grail of the 'best score'. -- Others contend that Field Day is not a contest but an operating event designed to help us hone our skills so we'll be able to do what we do best in an emergency situation. Still others have other reasons.. YOU KNOW WHAT???? The SIMPLE ANSWER IS THIS.... FIELD DAY IS WHATEVER *YOU* DECIDE IT WILL BE. If you are into contesting.. then it's a contest. if you are into emergency preparadeness.. then it's a test or a shakedown for your setup or a drill for your group. If you are into experimentation wtih new modes, makeshift antennas, and 'throw it together and see if it will work!' type of effort.. then that's what it is for YOUR group. If you are into the 'casual' operation - toss the rig on the backporch table, toss a wire over the tree, hook up the QRP rig and a battery and enjoy your drink while making some QSO's.. then have at it! IF YOU ARE A NEWBIE.. ONLY ONE THING YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND!! There are as many DIFFERENT reasons for someone/some group doing FD as their are different groups out there. Check out THEM all and see what they ALL do! Learna little about them all and then you'll find one that 'tickles your fancy' for that year. When you do.... ENJOY WHAT YOU ARE DOING! YOu can learn from EVERY GROUP!! **IN SHORT** FIELD DAY IS WHAT ** YOU ** CHOOSE TO MAKE IT!! THAT is what Field Day is! See!! Told you the answer was simple! NOW.. GO OUT AND HAVE FUN!!!! 73 Chuck K3FT After 38 years of doing FD covering the ENTIRE gamut ranging from the 'hardcore contest plan the entire preceeding year' to the '1/2 hour before it starts toss the rig on the table, wire over the tree, plug into 110VAC and operate a few hours' I know whereof I speak. FIELD DAY IS WHATEVER ** YOU ** MAKE IT TO BE!!! ENJOY! HAVE FUN! I'll be with W3PGA this year.