No, it's not too early to think about Field Day!
Some DFMA/OCRA FD participants have expressed interest in improving our magnificent showing of sixth in the nation. To do that, we need more CW ops and better coverage of 15m, which will likely be open a good bit this year.
To that end, we need a 15m beam and rotor. We likely have a beam in hand, maybe a rotor, and can likely get 30' of tower, which we can manhandle into position (30' is a good elevation for 15 meters.). Of course if someone has stuff they want to use that's OK too.
That leaves one important element, a LEADER. Wayne will likely have his mast for 10m and I'll have the 40' BOH-tower for 20, but WHO will come forward to be responsible for assembling and supervising erection of the 15m tower? Helpers are no problem, because we always have great teamwork, but this third tower needs a champion who will make sure we have all the parts, assemble the mast/rotor and test it, and crack the whip on the gang of hooligans recruited to do the raising! (We'll need something like four roughnecks lifting, three wide awake, thoughtful, people on the guylines, one or two managing the base, and one or two leaders sighting tower position and shouoting directions.)
So will someone commit to lead this effort, come here to my house to do the prep work, collect and inventory the parts, help build a base, and load the trailer? If so, the 15m tower can ride to the site with the 20m tower, on my faithful flatbed. This work can be spread over as much time as we like, if we start early.
And don't forget those CW ops! It will take 3-4 to do a good job. They don't need to be lightning fast, just able to slog along and copy calls and sections. Most FD ops are under 20WPM and many are in the low teens. Consistency and accuracy are more important than speed, especially for the sending on our end. If a station is too fast, it's likely that some kibitzer will be standing around to help get his info. We will take ops from anywhere, so if you know one in Mebane, Cary, Hurdle Mills, or any other city or town, GRAB THEM. Poaching is a time honored activity and you can offer a great site, great FD team, and FOOD cooked by our own team of culinary artists. Who could resist that?
As everyone knows, I'm too lazy to be a serious contester, but the camping, eating, and fellowship make me want to compete a little more seriously. Besides, it's nice to beat the big city boys at RARS! SO PLEASE pitch in on this if you can. You can be leader, or just get on the list to help with the prep work (There's always BEER here!). Just let me know...