Amen. I was really hoping for more from QST when they announced that the line
scores would not be published anymore. The top ten boxes are there, so you
don't need to tell me kh6nd's score, I can see it in the box. It would be
really great to hear about the little station by station rivalries in
particular sections, or highlite a particularly impressive score and how it was
achieved - including station description, planning, operating strategy, etc.
It would be great if the contest score announcements could be written like a
sports article (it is reporting the results of a radioSPORT event) that would
portray the excitement and suspense of working a sweep unassisted, reaching a
new personal high run rate, or attaining a goal. If contesting seems exciting,
maybe more will participate. If it seems like a boring repetetive event that
just results in a score that isin't official for 9 months and probably won't
even recieve any recognition - well that sure sounds like something I'll skip.
73 de Al, KE1FO
> From: John Geiger <email@example.com>
> Date: 2004/11/18 Thu AM 04:43:14 GMT
> To: Jamie Dupree <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Re: [YCCC] Re: SS-CW Tricks et al.
> And it is too bad that the contest results articles in
> CQ and QST do very little for this. They basically
> rehash the line scores in a textual format. I think
> new contesters would like to read about contest
> strategy here. What did the top scoring stations do?
> What little tricks will improve your scores in this
> particular contest. I can read the line scores
> 73s John NE0P
> --- Jamie Dupree <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > SNIP>> Those contesters who vow and declare
> > that they wish more new blood would come into the
> > sport ought to go back and
> > reread that "...tricks" thread from the beginning.
> > What an enticing message
> > it sends to prospective contesters.
> > George W1EBI <<< SNIP>
> > ------
> > I heartily agree. One thing I don't see enough of
> > in the contest community
> > is a lot of advice on the internet about contest
> > operating tips. And when
> > you think about it, the pre-contest band map idea,
> > the one guy knowing
> > where the traffic nets are for certain tough to find
> > mults - what great
> > tricks for sure - and there are lots of others out
> > there that can be
> > shared without giving up the family DX jewels...
> > Think about it - there are great write ups on 3830
> > about how my rate
> > was this high and then my big beam got hung up, but
> > the 3D2 QSY'd
> > with me for five bands, etc....but there is not much
> > stuff out there
> > for the guy who is scared to death to answer a 35
> > wpm+ CQ, or
> > the happy S&P'er, who is thrilled to knock off a few
> > more
> > 5BDXCC's during the big contests, or even the decent
> > contester
> > (with no beams) who just wants to squeeze out a
> > better rate.
> > >From time to time, I'll do a Google search about a
> > certain contest
> > and add in the word strategy. You don't get very
> > much unfortunately.
> > CQ WW DX CW and strategy get you 10 hits - none of
> > which really
> > talks about how to approach a contest, how to
> > prepare, how to
> > grind out a few more Q's to help your score.
> > Yeah, you learn a lot of it yourself by operating
> > the contests, by staying
> > on all night, and observing who does what. Like a
> > few years ago,
> > I had no idea I could work a JA on 40 from the East
> > Coast after sunrise.
> > But I did it once and now I know every year to stick
> > around on 40
> > and find that double mult in CQ WW CW. And you
> > don't need a beam to do it.
> > I guess it would be nice to read more of those tips
> > & tricks and
> > operating strategies, more than just, I ran 20 for
> > an hour, then went
> > to 15 and when the rate slowed down I went to 10.
> > Some of those tips might even get newbies interested
> > in contesting.
> > Jamie NS3T
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