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Subject: [CQ-Contest] ARRL Discrimination - was "2002 ARRL DX Phone Results Available"
From: n5nj@gte.net (Bob Naumann - N5NJ)
Date: Thu Sep 26 10:07:26 2002
I cannot believe how much acrimony this non-issue has created.

The ARRL puts the results on the members-only web page before the QST issue is 
published as a benefit of membership.

What's the big deal?

They post it for all, including non-members, to see when the magazine is 
released a few weeks later.

Don't other national organizations provide benefits exclusively to their 
members?  If they didn't, why would anyone pay membership fees?


> From: Sylvan Katz <jskatz@sk.sympatico.ca>
> To: Art Popoff <ua3vcs@mail.ru>,  btippett@alum.mit.edu, 
>    cq-contest@contesting.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] ARRL Discrimination - was "2002 ARRL DX Phone Results 
> Available"
> > If the contest is international the resalts should be available to all
> participants without any discrimination on MEMBERSHIP basis.
> > It really discourages international participants.
> The point about international discrimination was explicitly made to the ARRL
> Board of Directors by the QST Contest working group in their report (see
> "Thinking Globally" in
> http://www.designet.com/k1ir/Downloads/ContestProposal_071702.pdf).
> Essentially the current ARRL policy says "come and play in my contests
> because our members need the points your contacts bring them but they will
> not let you see your results until long after their members have unless you
> pay us money to join their club".
> With this policy the focus is money! It is not community! This policy does
> little to encourage international participation. In fact, if the issue is
> not addressed it could discourage international participation .... something
> the contest community cannot afford.
> The more voices that are heard from the international contest community
> about this discriminating ARRL policy the greater the likelihood it will be
> changed.
> .. sylvan
> O?O&#402;
> ----------------
> Sylvan Katz, VE5ZX
> Saskatoon, SK
> "A Novel Perspective of Amateur Radio Contesting" at
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