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Re: [CQ-Contest] QST Contest Results

To: "W2RU - Bud Hippisley" <W2RU@frontiernet.net>,<cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QST Contest Results
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 22:53:36 -0000
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>
The problem here is a very simple one to understand, especially if you can ever 
sit down one on one with folks at the ARRL, (who are willing to talk). QST no 
longer represents our interests, especially contesters. It is a revenue 
generator controlled by financial types. I have been told ""the ARRL / QST is a 
business first.""
I consider myself to be an average reader of QST, the first thing I look at 
when QST arrives is the Silent Keys and if I'm not listed there the very next 
place I used to go was Contest Corral / Results. Everyone, I don't care who you 
are, likes to see his name/call in print. We like seeing where we stand with 
our contesting peers. Some financial 'knot-head' decided it was a waste of 
time/space publishing complete results. You would think the contests the ARRL 
sponsors would give maximum exposure to the results and how the competitors 
faired. Do you suppose the 5 or 10 year business plan calls for eliminating 
contests sponsored by the ARRL? Even worse QST will be renamed 

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: W2RU - Bud Hippisley 
  To: cq-contest@contesting.com 
  Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 23:55
  Subject: [CQ-Contest] QST Contest Results

  June 2006 QST contains a double-barreled reminder of the unfortunate 
  ARRL policy re non-publishing of contest results.

  I was in the midst of hopping between the 2005 Phone SS and 2005 160 
  Meter write-ups when I realized that I would not be seeing results of my 
  own or my friends' efforts in those pages.  Instead of the articles 
  provoking enjoyment and anticipation for upcoming contests, my initial 
  interest turned to frustration and disappointment.

  With all due respect to Ford and Kelly, I firmly believe a simple 
  tabulation -- in print -- of *all* (repeat -- *all*) entrants by 
  Division and Section does more to encourage youngsters, non-contesters, 
  and our fellow club members to get on and make QSOs than all the 
  wordsmithing about a handful of elite category leaders.

  Furthermore, the inclusion of photographs of entrants whose calls and 
  results do not appear elsewhere in those two articles is rotten 
  journalism.  Even low-budget local weekly newspapers know better than to 
  do that.


  Bud, W2RU

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