This weekend sees the return of the John Moyle Field Day weekend:
Aim Of The Contest
The aim is to encourage and provide familiarisation with portable and field operation, and provide training for emergency situations. The rules are therefore specifically designed and focussed to encourage field operations.
The contest is run each year in memory of the late john Moyle who was a long term editor of the Wireless Weekly, (- later Radio & Hobbies – later Radio Television & Hobbies) from 1947 until his untimely death in 1960.
He served in the RAAF with distinction and was responsible for a number of innovative solutions to keeping radio and radar equipment working under wartime conditions and difficult working conditions.
The WIA decided that a suitable long term memorial to John Moyle would be a Field Day with a focus on portable or field operation. The contest has been conducted annually ever since.
The rules of the contest have gradually changed over time and are still revised regularly.
The contest is still for portable or field operators, though Home stations can of course take part using a different scoring system.
Though Multiple Operators and club stations are actively encouraged to take part in the contest they are not competing against the single operator stations and in effect there are two separate contests run at the same time. Hence single operator stations take part in their own contest against other single operators.