|To:||firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Subject:||RE: [CQ-Contest] Recruiting women into contesting|
|From:||"AB2E Darrell" <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 26 Jul 2004 20:29:58 -0400|
Bravo Barry, sounds like Judy has contest potential. I would say FD is a great place to get YLs and others into contesting. It's sort of a non-competitive way to get started.
As for YLs specifically, besides FD how about the following?
*Many YLs still participate I believe in the YL net on 20(I think it's around 14.332). Possibly if some contesters check in to the net and make the suggestion that YLs participate in the contests.
*There is a specific YL/OM contest. If a couple of contest clubs decided to 'adopt' that contest, get on the air and really give them some activity, it might encourage them to operate other contests.
*Actively recruit YLs for contests like state QSO parties, or some contests with slower rates. This will give the newer contesters a chance to build up speed and stamina to a full contest effort.
*Let's try to break the perception that ham radio and contesting is just another 'male' pasttime.
*Have experienced contesters hold an open house during a couple of weekends. Encourage YLs, young ops, and any other ham who might be a potential contester. If it's a phone or CW contest, make sure they can hear what's happening during the exchange.
*encourage casual or part time operation to get started.
Well, there's probably some other ideas out there..... 73 Darrell AB2E
From: "Barry Merrill" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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