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Re: [CQ-Contest] Whither contesting "rare" DX

To: "'Charles Harpole'" <hs0zcw@gmail.com>, "'CQ-Contest Reflector'" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Whither contesting "rare" DX
From: "Rex Maner" <k7qq@netzero.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:13:43 -0000
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My un-called for .02 

I don't know how many amateur stations you will find in many of the African
, or smaller Asian countries.  In Wyo. There are several but in an operating
event such as SSCW you won't find many stations to work.  This comes from
many reasons.  They don't like CW and can't copy 25 WPM, they have family
commitments for other activities, go to the store, get the Oil changed on
the car, go hunting etc.  

So we as contesters have to accept their choice for their activity for a
weekend  as we are selfish  to play by our self with other play by our self
instead of going of going out with NON-CW friends neighbors and family.

73 Happy CW all for the weekend

Rex  K7QQ

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of
Charles Harpole
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 5:10 AM
To: CQ-Contest Reflector
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Whither contesting "rare" DX

Add to the discussion about missing "rare or semi-rare" stations on contests
the fact that the American slant to the huge contests leaves ops in far away
places (from usa) feeling that activities are more of America playing with
the world.

I do not get the sense from Americans inside usa actually realize many other
peoples' opinion about them.  The opinion often is that Americans are
spoiled, child-like, and self-centered to an extreme.  A usa contester
screaming CQ with an over driven signal can be seen in that light.  The
"rare" station has his fill with working usa and there is no satisfaction in
stroking their ego with a call.  Given the "rare" op's distant location and
the skewed contest scoring rules, there is no incentive to try to score big

Of course, non-usa guys are not all like this, but the opinion has an impact
on operating practices.  There is even the feeling that avid contesters are
impolite in the extreme to a person raised in a more polite culture.  So the
rather naked aggression of American and EU contest operating practices tend
to insult the sensibilities of some others.

I am not trying to change USA ops (and have given up on EU ops);  I am just
trying to give some perspective missing in many American discussions.  73.

Charly, HS0ZCW
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