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[CQ-Contest] Shorter contests - I have a question.

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Shorter contests - I have a question.
From: George Fremin III <geoiii@kkn.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 10:58:27 -0600
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On Tue, Mar 16, 2004 at 02:46:20PM -0500, va3dx@sympatico.ca wrote:
> I will/can never be competetive to the point of winning in a 48 hr test.
> I am not a ( 48 hr ) competetive contester
> Some of the younger contesters just cant comprehend the effects of being
> in your 50's or 60's, 70's and physically not being able to compete with
> your own drive to win.
> Lastly, we should not participate in this contest and instead go elsewhere,
> to less strenuous ones.
> A category of  ( 24 hours operating time ) would increase activity from a
> lot of
> us in the age/physically challenged group, allowing us the faint hope of
> being
> competetive. This could only increase over all participation.

This brings up in my mind something I have been wondering about
throughout this entire discussion.

Of those that would like to have a contest that is shorter 
than 48 hours - are you all currently competing in the 
shorter contests that currently exist?

NA Sprint - 4 hours
NAQP         - 10 hours out of 12
IARU         - 24 hours
WPX          - 36 hours out of 48 (used to be 30 hours)
ARRL SS      - 24 hours out of 30

Anyway - I just keep wondering if those that are pushing the idea 
of a shorter contest are also currently operating fully in
the shorter contests that do exist.

I am not sure I care one way or the other about the idea of 
making the ARRL DX contest shorter - if it were fewer hours out
of 48 like the WPX it would make the contest better for those
of us further from Europe - as we have less hours to run EU.

George Fremin III - K5TR

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