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Re: [CQ-Contest] Open Letter to VE Contesters

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Open Letter to VE Contesters
From: "Mike Smith VE9AA" <ve9aa@nbnet.nb.ca>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:40:00 -0400
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BTW, I forgot one thing in my last post.  If VY2ZM and all the other bigger
VE's are winning, (or you perceive that they are), I really doubt it has
much at all with them occasionally (or even always!) sitting in a slightly
quieter chunk of spectrum than you perceive you are in.


I personally believe that it's location & antennas  and then skill.  In that


Take a look sometime where PEI is, what antennas the guys there use and the
decades of contesting experience they have (or any of the other guys I have
listed) and then you tell us if you think a few 10's of kHz

of slightly quieter (only sometimes!) spectrum on a few phone bands really
makes any appreciable OOF (order of finish) difference.   I expect you'll
realize how small your request might possibly affect the outcome.  Are you
really trying to ask something else as a veiled request?  I have to wonder
out loud.


(You ever been up beside ex-Eastern Bloc stations running many kW's of power
+ splatter>?  Sometimes it is nice; sometimes it's not.  There are many
cleaner signals in the USA vs. EU.


The most they could hope to enjoy is a little less QRM or rubbing of elbows
with other louder stations (at times) south of the border (W/K).


I doubt VY2TT (for example) will tell you it's a paradise sitting down on 40
phone rubbing elbows with LZ9W as 40m phone opens to EU.




Mike VE9AA


Mike, Coreen & Corey

Keswick Ridge, NB


From: Mike Smith VE9AA [mailto:ve9aa@nbnet.nb.ca] 
Sent: February 24, 2016 5:07 PM
To: 'cq-contest@contesting.com'
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Open Letter to VE Contesters


This thread is bordering on the ridiculous. (At least there isn't name
calling and mud slinging, which makes this somewhat more refreshing and
amusing than tiring) 


Essentially, someone in a RARE section in N. New England(VT.), fully allowed
to run 1500w is (basically) asking 2 USA guys (VY2TT(K6LA) and VY2ZM(K1ZM))
and a few other scattered VE2's and 3's (VA2WA, VE3EJ, VE3DZ) and Gus, VO1MP
for what? A chance to win an award in the ARRL DX?  Have you really read
what you've written? If you have EVER (ever!!!) looked at awards for 90% of
contests, you'll see there are 10 or 20 awards for USA groups vs. Canada.
In fact, often, Canada has none (or maybe one) award we all compete for.  I
still cannot believe you are asking for this.


Personally I would much rather have 1500w at my disposal (as compared to the
750w allowed) than the occasional foray into areas of the bands that USA
stations are not allowed to go.  Or even a tower ! (I don't have one, but I
strongly suspect that I am not even on your radar ).or a seaside
location...or some $$ for a real amp that'll do more than 500w...or or or?
Never would it cross my mind to be so bold as to ask USA guys to crank it
down to 750w on CW.


BTW, I don't always see 100% eye to eye with Ken, K6LA/VY2TT,(or anyone..I
have my own opinions about things) but very much enjoyed his reply.  Well
done Ken.


I do appreciate (and it's not lost on me) that we in VE get a little more
spectrum to use, but those are the rules here.  Ya know what, sometimes EU's
(etc.) do not look for VE's outside the USA ranges/sub-bands. (why would
they when 95% of the guys they are looking for are in a certain space on the


Next thing you know, someone will be asking us all to operate in the JA
window on 160m as that's the only place they are allowed to operate from.
Or we all use 400w like they do in G land.  Or we run 20w like the PA
novices are allowed.



I think I have heard it all now.


Mike VE9AA.not on anyones radar...

p.s.- you want to talk fair?  Don't get me started on "MAR" vs. everyone
else being allowed to send their own state or section within that state in a
few of the ARRL contests....no I won't go there.  I'll spare y'all, as I
know you (collectively) could care less.


Mike, Coreen & Corey

Keswick Ridge, NB


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