[Top] [All Lists]

[CQ-Contest] It's Broke !

To: <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: [CQ-Contest] It's Broke !
From: "Jerry Cahill" <jcahill@tinet.ie>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 01:57:32 -0000
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>
It has long ceased to surprise me as to what subject headings manage to prompt 
list members into making comment on this reflector. A little navel gazing is 
probably fine, it conveys the feeling that most people don't have a serious 
gripe and are quite happy, out there in NA contest land at least.  I can't say 
the same from where I am sitting. I am probable like most of the people on this 
list, spending most of my free time in "radio contest mode", trying to build 
the best stations we can with what we can manage to "make available".  All in 
pursuit of the finest hobby in the world......contesting. 
Now I get to where it itches and I can't scratch. My gripe is that my club 
meetings have now become cluster spot analysis sessions. Postings from Dave, 
K1TTT are constantly being referred to. Callsign data bases are consulted for 
spot makers calls.... during contests..... by the guys who should be hunting 
mults. This is not contesting!!!! 
I've been told "don't bother complaining, nobody will care until the NA scores 
are upset"  Another response is " if you can't beat them, join them". I refuse 
to accept that nobody in NA cares ( witness K1TTT ). I also refuse to "join 
them". Our hobby has long operated on the honour system. I am very proud of 
this. I have always referred to our personal integrity when trying to explain 
the workings of a contest to "civilians."  I am not anti dx cluster. I don't 
want it to go away. I just want it fixed. I am not a programmer nor am I a data 
comms expert but can it be difficult to include a spotters IP address along 
with his call......is it ?? It saddens me to have to acknowledge that we would 
need to do something like this.  Surely, we must do something to regain some 
element of collective self respect. This is OUR hobby. The cluster is OUR 
creation. WE need to fix it. I want to be able to explain contesting like I 
used to.
Jerry Cahill EI6BT/EI7M 


    The world's top contesters battle it out in Finland!
THE OFFICIAL FILM of WRTC 2002 now on professional DVD and VHS!

CQ-Contest mailing list

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • [CQ-Contest] It's Broke !, Jerry Cahill <=