John, I wholeheartedly agree with you. If the original posting (which I
have long since forgotten/lost) had not generated the responses that it
did, then I'd have even more concerns. Good luck in upcoming battles and
will cu at Dayton.
Rob - ND3A
At 07:52 AM 3/7/01 -0500, you wrote:
>Well gents, this has been a lively debate, hasn't it?
>Let me summarize:
>1) There has been a wide swath of opinion ranging from "it's just
>competition" to "ham radio is ending as we know it."
>2) If you leave a frequency, it's no long yours-period. I agree with
>that statement (tnx K0HB, N5NJ, others).
>3) It is reasonable to try to retrieve a previously used frequency. It
>is ungentlemanly and simply wrong to steal it back if the new "owner" does
>not want to give it back. I agree with that statement as well. It's
>unfortunate that we lose that perspective in the heat of battle or e-mail
>threads (I include myself in that group).
>4) Some operators spend their time waiting for others to leave
>frequencies. I just don't get that one.
>5) W1 stations (or K1 if you prefer) sometimes lose their perspective
>on the challenges of frequency usage outside of their area. I agree.
>I applaud everyone's animation on this subject. It has shown that there is
>still a heartbeat in contesting and that's a good thing. For the most part,
>we've also been considerate and not turned it into a personal attack. That
>is also good. The debate has given me reason to pause. We like to do well in
>contests. But, we also like to do well and maintain the respect of our
>peers. I'll take the latter any day of the week, because I (and probably the
>rest of you) value my fellow contester's respect much more than another
>So, let me conclude with a couple of statements.
>1) Contesting is alive and well. Log checking, innovation and activity
>are great examples.
>2) We all need to evaluate our on-air behavior. It's a tough pill for a
>big station to take a breath and say "how would I feel if I were on the
>other end of this situation."
>3) Should we be aggressive and competitive in contesting? Absolutely.
>Should we operate like arrogant jerks, leveraging our station dominance
>(where appropriate) at the expense of what's right and fair? Absolutely not.
>All kidding aside, I appreciate the opportunity to have been a bit
>introspective here. I hope I'm not alone.
>73 John, K1AR
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