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Re: [CQ-Contest] New Contesters & CQ-Contest

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] New Contesters & CQ-Contest
From: "Nat Heatwole" <nat@ajheatwole.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 11:50:30 -0400
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Great post, John!

Along these lines, here are some of my all-time favorite CQ-Contest posts:

Beware the DVP! (N6TR) -
Don't Try This At Home (N6AA) -
Shhhh...it's a Secret (K1AR) -
What REALLY makes you good? (N5KO) -
Improving Concentration (K5TR) -
How do you get better? (K5ZD) -
How do you get better? A few more ideas (KQ2M) -

I'm sure there are many other good ones as well.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of K1AR@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 3:25 PM
To: cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: [CQ-Contest] New Contesters & CQ-Contest

Most of can become pretty passionate when we think about the topic of new  
contesters. We remember our early days of operating and the enjoyment we had

at  that time (and hopefully still today!). A few of us might even recall 
when there  was a sunspot or two.
In light of the above, I'd like you to consider a concept. If you were a  
new contester and fell into the CQ-Contest list this week, would you be  
motivated to become more involved? In recent months (or maybe longer), we
not put our best foot forward. Frankly, at the moment, this is the last  
place I would send a newcomer.
While the spirited dialog we enjoy is valuable to a point, it often  turns 
into name calling and unproductive satire. If I were a new contester  
subscribing to a contest list, I'd be more interested in topics like: how to

maximize low antennas in a solar minimum, ways I can stretch my contest
how to get involved in clubs, where I can find resources to learn more, how 
to  choose between running and S&P. The list is endless.
So, I'd like to suggest something for all of us to consider. Before your  
next post, think about how a new guy might read it. Think about ways to  
contribute your valuable experience in written form that will make your  
CQ-Contest peers say, "Wow -- what a cool post!" Never stop voicing your
but do it in a way that is constructive and avoids personal  attacks.
I may be off base here, but I'm willing to bet there is merit in taking a  
breath from the mean-spirited nature that makes it to this channel from  
time-to-time. A mailing list is only as good as its participants' positive  
contributions. I, for one, am anxious to return to the roots of this list
Trey, N5KO, started many years ago.
Thanks for reading.
73 John, K1AR

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