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Re: [CQ-Contest] QST Contest Results

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QST Contest Results
From: "Eric Hilding" <dx35@hilding.com>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 08:21:13 -0700
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Rpn, WN3VAW, wrote:

> Like Jim, I couldn't tell you the last time I saw QST on a magazine rack at a
> magazine/bookstore or in the magazine aisle of a supermarket.  And I do see 
> CQ,
> but it's sporadic.

Hey folks, here's something to chew on, especially since the concern over 
getting "new blood" into Ham Radio (and CONTESTING!!!) has been the subject of 
discussion on varoius Reflectors...as well as OH2BH's admonition at Visalia 

Picture this as a possibility of how to attract more young people into the 
hobby (or healthy "addiction", in the case of Contesting)...

An alternative to newstand placement(s) or school libraries, etc. might be 
strictly a .pdf version with a reference link/URL promoted in places like 
myspace.com and other known youth Internet hangouts.  A great potential avenue 
might be distributions in conjunction with several Rotary International 
programs such as RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and the Interact kids.  

What I'm talking about is a STANDALONE, ONE-TIME "ANTHOLOGY" type mini-QST 
publication maybe titled "BEYOND TEXTING" or "REAL WIRELESS", etc.  On the 
front page is a pix of 13 Year Old Extra Class YL DXER Rebekah Dorff, WG4Y, 
operating from PJ2T.  She gave a great presentation at Visalia, and although I 
don't remember the callsign of the young man who also got up and spoke there 
("Reed"?), he was one heck of an articulate fella whom I am sure could write a 
great article.  The pages of this mini-pub would be filled with articles & 
photos of ONLY young people invovled in some aspect of Ham Radio, and why they 
find it so cool.

Speaking from experience, I've met many young people with "Public Service" 
interests through my involvement with these Rotary youth programs.  Talk about 
ideal candidates for articles dealing with the role of Ham Radio in 
Emergency/Disaster scenarios along with links on how to get a license!!!  Of 
course, advertising content from all the "HT" manufacturers could help offset 
some production costs :-)

An article on why "Contesting" is the ULTIMATE "Reality Video Game" might help 
in getting some new blood into our niche area.  If every major Contest 
Multi-Multi station would make provisions for one chair to be filled by a young 
Contester Newbie, and maybe combine it with a "Contest" for a chance to win one 
or more operating seats in a major (SSB) Contest from a Contesting Super 
Station, consider the possibilities!

This does not have to be a 100+ page deal. 

Put on YOUR thinking caps, folks.  I see opportunity knocking...don't let it 
pass US by.

FYI & 73...

Rick, K6VVA * The Locust

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