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Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Extinction

To: "sawyered@earthlink.net" <sawyered@earthlink.net>,"cq-contest@contesting.com" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Extinction
From: Richard DiDonna NN3W <nn3w@cox.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2006 8:52:35 -0400
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I think the under 30 category and awards is fine.  In fact, when the ARRL 
offered up plaques for the higest score for a single op under 18, I won it 
three times in 1990 and 1991.  I've got the plaques somewhere in my home.

I wonder if we should increase the age to 30 - or 25 at the minumum.  

I'll sponsor one for CQWW DX - CW.  Anyone want to step up to the plate for 
CQWW DX Phone, and the two ARRL DX tests?

73 Rich NN3W

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <sawyered@earthlink.net>
To: <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2006 6:07 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Extinction

> Some very interesting and meaningful posts on this.  The key point coming 
> through to me is young costester encouragement and deed restricted 
> challenges.  This reflector has talked a lot about more categories.  It sure 
> would seem that 2 categories that SHOULD be added for the long term health of 
> contesting is a YOUNG CONTESTER class (I would propose age 30 and under) and 
> a DEED RESTRICTED class (I would propose that you have to agree as you submit 
> that you are legally deed restricted on antennas and you have to include your 
> antennas described in the soapbox section).
> Such categories should be added to the ARRL general classifications for HF 
> contests and to the CQ WW contests.  I can think of no better add to HF 
> Contesting that has happened in the 10 years that I have been back in it.
> So, how do we do this?  Some people need to STEP UP TO THE TABLE.  I will 
> lead the effort if people are interested.  My thought is to create a steering 
> committee of about half a dozen contesters who could participate in a virtual 
> roundtable and emerge with a draft wording of the category.  Then post the 
> wordings in this forum and other contesting clubs etc.  Get a tsunami of 
> support through the contesting.com survey and emails supporting, and submit 
> the changes along with the support to the major sponsoring efforts.
> If someone else wants to lead the effort, please do so.  I will be happy to 
> join them.  By the way, I would like first dibs on sponsoring the ARRL DX 
> plaques for YOUNG CONTESTER.  Anyone else interested in stepping up to a 
> sponsorship?
> So who's interested in joining me?
> Ed N1UR  sawyered@earthlink.net
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