Tree, how about moving the recommended frequencies for the sprint
down the band a little bit -- on all bands. I realize that there is some
activity all of the way down to 7000 or at least close to that during the
typical sprint contest, and that the move would leave some lower-than-
extra-class licensees out in the cold a bit, but the sprint might do well
with 14000-14035, 7000-7035, and 3500-3535 as the recommended
frequencies as there would still be significant activity above 14025
(etc.) for those without the extra license. Remember that the extra
ticket is somewhat easier to obtain these days than it was when you
and I got our tickets...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tree N6TR" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2002 15:17
Subject: [CQ-Contest] NCJ Decision Makers (was something less P.C)
> Well - here is the situation as I see it currently:
> 1. There are two international RTTY contests on consecutive
> weekends. It appears that the XE one is less active than the
> WPX one - although you couldn't tell that from QST (which didn't
> have the WPX one listed).
> 2. The FOC Marathon and CW Sprint should be run on different
> weekends. The reasons for moving the CW Sprint from the
> marathon are still valid.
> It seems pretty obvious that moving the CW Sprint at this
> point makes almost no sense.
> I agree with K3MM that the two contests can co-exist. It did seem
> that the Sprint activity moved down about 10 kHz and while there
> was some QRM - it wasn't too bad. Perhaps with some education
> on the part of the RTTYers to encourage them to use some breaktime
> during the sprint peak time on 40 (0130-0300) - or to try a
> different band - will help even more.
> 3. If the Marathon moved, and the WPX RTTY contest moved, then
> it might be possible to move the CW Sprint if there are no
> other conflicts generated that would cause bigger issues.
> However, I am not holding my breath on that one.
> 73 Tree N6TR
> NCJ CW Sprint Editor/Manager
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