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Re: [CQ-Contest] QST Contest Results

To: "Jim Reisert AD1C" <jjreisert@alum.mit.edu>,"W2RU - Bud Hippisley" <W2RU@frontiernet.net>,<cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QST Contest Results
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 07:33:33 -0000
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>
What are the numbers Jim? The ARRL claims, on their website, 152,000 members. 
How many members on this list? How many members at contesting.com ? I 
participate in every 'major' contest and I don't see/hear a big drop off in 
participation. I had a couple of good, sustained, runs during the recent QSO 
parties weekend indicating there are still a lot of contesters out there.

In the May QST 17 of the first 27 pages are advertising and pages 106 to 170 
are basically all advertising. I think that is 81 pages of advertising. There 
are 10 pages of operating activities, 3 of which are 2005 SSCW, plus 5 pages of 
DX stuff.

I hate to sound like a 'bean-counter' but operating activities are getting 11% 
of the non-advertising space and DXing is getting 5%. That may just be the 
right amount.

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

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jim Reisert AD1C 
  To: W2RU - Bud Hippisley ; cq-contest@contesting.com 
  Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2006 14:44
  Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QST Contest Results

  --- W2RU - Bud Hippisley <W2RU@frontiernet.net> wrote:

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

  Bud, the ARRL made a BUSINESS decision.  Whether we like to believe it or not,
  contesters are a SMALL minority of QST readers. They get the amount of space
  proportional to that readership.

  I agree it's unfortunate, but we can't change the facts.

  73 - Jim AD1C

  p.s. I was at Barnes & Noble last week picking up the May "Harpers" to read 
  article about W6AM's rhombics.  While browsing, I noticed a "CQ Magazine"
  prominently displayed in front of the "Men's Interest" section (along with
  hunting, fishing, etc. magazines) but did not see "QST".

  Jim Reisert AD1C, 7 Charlemont Court, North Chelmsford, MA 01863
  USA +978-251-9933, <jjreisert@alum.mit.edu>, http://www.ad1c.us
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