Monday, August 15, 2005 Jim Idelson wrote to CQ-Contest Post:
JI> Amateur sailors, golfers, fisherman, runners, card players, chess players,
JI> Scrabble [tm] players and those involved in so many more competitive
JI> frequently pay a reasonable fee to cover administration of their events. I'm
JI> sure those fees are an impediment to some, but there are still enough
JI> left to keep those events fully subscribed and competitive.
All of the above you mention can't be compared with ham radio
contests, just because contesters are spread all over the world, but
for sure various WRTC-like championships is exactly the case. And in
case of championships all necessary fees are paid. After covering the
expenses, second reason for fees, I think, is limiting casual
"just_for_fun" unskilled participation. Serious victory pretender will
pay required fee, casual contester will not.
In case of WRTC -like events your aim is to limit unskilled
particiation, while in case of CQWW your aim is to increase it.
JI> It's too bad that ham radio contests don't draw really big interest in the
JI> first place. This is evidenced by the smallish numbers of competitors in
JI> category of competition. It's also too bad that so many of those who are
JI> involved in ham radio contesting don't have enough desire/motivation/drive
JI> overcome a justifiable entry fee. Given this situation, I feel that this
JI> approach which works so well in other areas of amateur competition would be
JI> dismal failure in ham radio contesting.
JI> I wish it weren't so.
73...Art RX9TX 16-Aug-05 15:40 UTC
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