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Re: [CQ-Contest] Shortening the Contest(s)

To: "Ellen White, W1YL" <w1yl@tampabay.rr.com>,<cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Shortening the Contest(s)
From: Ed Parish K1EP <k1ep@arrl.net>
Reply-to: k1ep@arrl.net
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 07:06:11 -0500
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At 3/15/04 09:06 PM, Ellen White, W1YL wrote:
>I've been following the thread of this for some time -- in fact since my
>long-ago days of contest administration at ARRL Hq.!  It is far from a new
>My dear departed family members (W1CW and K4OJ) would be prone to say you
>really want to make it shorter to make it easier to compete (and win). But
>then Bob, W1CW, used to say winning wasn't everything - but it beat coming
>in second!
>Is it possible you're all missing the real point.  There will always be
>someone coming along more physically able to handle the operating period
>(after all, the ARRL DX Competiton was two full weeks long!).  You're a real
>winner if you compete against your own previous results and top them.

With deep respect for you and your family Ellen, I think that the real point is 
that we need to get more younger hams interested in contesting (and in ham 
radio in general).  At some point, we were the younger hams in contesting and 
could do the 48 hours.  Now, many of us are aging and a comparative number of 
new and younger hams are not filling up the ranks, at least in the US.  If the 
contest is to be of us geriatrics, then maybe it should be modified in some 
way.  But I should hope not, for the sake of the hobby and for the preservation 
of the contest tradition. 

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