In his reply, Rick, W6IFA, notes:
I would remind all the readers of the post to go to the ARRL web site and read what the ARRL intends this day to be.
“Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!”
Don’t forget, if you scroll down the “Rules” page to section 7.3, some of the biggest bonus points are earned for the PR and educational activities.
I am going to write to the League and see if, for future events, a segment of each band can be set aside for PR / Education / Short QSOs. This will allow hardcore contesters to operate without distraction and provide a place for mutual first time QSO’s in a relaxed environment. I urge you to voice your support or opposition to the League too.
I think that this is a great idea. Let’s make this blog post a petition to get the League to do this in 2010. If you agree that the ARRL should designate a small portion of each band for GOTA, PR, and educational QSOs during Field Day, please enter a comment below. If you don’t want to enter any extra text, just enter your name and callsign.
I will submit this item and all the responses to the appropriate ARRL person after Field Day 2009 is over.