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

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] New Contesters & CQ-Contest
From: Pete Smith N4ZR <n4zr@contesting.com>
Reply-to: n4zr@contesting.com
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 06:09:57 -0400
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I'd like to collect these on the Contesting Compendium.  Do any of the 
authors mind?

Thanks, Nat!

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 8/19/2009 11:50 AM, Nat Heatwole wrote:
> Great post, John!
> Along these lines, here are some of my all-time favorite CQ-Contest posts:
> Beware the DVP! (N6TR) -
> http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/CQ-Contest/1992-03/msg00040.html
> Don't Try This At Home (N6AA) -
> http://lists.contesting.com/archives/html/CQ-Contest/1998-07/msg00386.html
> Shhhh...it's a Secret (K1AR) -
> http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/CQ-Contest/2005-01/msg00120.html
> What REALLY makes you good? (N5KO) -
> http://lists.contesting.com/_cq-contest/1996-02/msg00580.html
> Improving Concentration (K5TR) -
> http://lists.contesting.com/_cq-contest/2007-01/msg00060.html
> How do you get better? (K5ZD) -
> http://lists.contesting.com/_cq-contest/2008-10/msg00320.html
> How do you get better? A few more ideas (KQ2M) -
> http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/cq-contest/2008-November/082319.html
> I'm sure there are many other good ones as well.
> 73,
> Nat WZ3AR
> -----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
> All,
> 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
> have
> 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
> budget,
> 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
> opinions,
> 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
> that
> Trey, N5KO, started many years ago.
> Thanks for reading.
> 73 John, K1AR
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