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Re: [CQ-Contest] Consider This Fellow Contesters

To: "K1AR@aol.com" <K1AR@aol.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Consider This Fellow Contesters
From: Calvin Darula <k0dxc@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 21:34:43 -0500
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Very well said, John. 

People seriously need to grow up a little bit. 

Reading CQ contest makes me not even care about contesting anymore... And 
that's coming from the kid being called " the future of contesting".

The bitching is simply ridiculous. 

Let's fix our image. We are all in this together. 

-Calvin Darula, K0DXC

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On Jul 22, 2010, at 11:24 AM, K1AR@aol.com wrote:

> All,
> Over the past few  weeks in particular, there has been a significant 
> increase in personal attacks  and mudslinging on this channel. Someone aptly 
> pointed out recently that rather  than celebrating the enormous 
> accomplishments 
> at WRTC-2010, we spent more  time complaining about the impact of packet 
> spotting-related issues. It's no  wonder that the majority of actual 
> competitors 
> have  avoided posting celebratory summaries of their experiences. Someone 
> might  chew them out for their airline selection between London and New  York 
> or the fact that they used the Internet to catch up  on email during the 
> flight. Or, they might simply be thinking, "Why bother with  this crowd?" 
> That 
> is a huge loss for us all.
> I'd like to again ask  for some balance. My broader concern has more to do 
> with the perception about  contesting that is created by the subtle (and 
> sometimes not so subtle) bickering  that takes place here. In many cases, I'm 
> not proud of the image we're creating  for new or potential contesters. 
> Frankly, we often spend more time bitching than  contributing useful insight 
> that 
> benefits contesting at  large.
> While Tom and I try  our best to allow for an open forum, this is a 
> moderated list. I'd simply like  to ask, via this message, that you think 
> twice 
> before launching your next  "nastygram." In an ideal world, the archived 
> version of CQ-Contest should be  great fodder for the advancement of 
> contesting 
> and new contester recruitment. As  it currently exists, we have a long way to 
> go.
> Think about it and  thanks for reading.
> 73 John,  K1AR
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