Also remember that ARRL contests are AMERICAN contests and lots less
satisfying to ops outside of EU/JA.
Serving JA is definitely not "the rest of the world."
World-work-USA is way way less fun than everyone-work-everyone, dont
forget. 73, HS0ZCW
On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 9:21 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> wrote:
> I know that some contest sponsors have done away with printed
> certificates to cut costs, and this is understandable. I have no
> problem with keeping it sustainable.
> But I would just like to point out that I have seen quite a few people
> on social media sharing unexpected ARRL DX certificates. These are
> usually single op, low power entrants who decided to sit at the radio
> and work the contest even though they have zero chance of winning one
> of the big prizes. Some are even encouraged to try even harder and get
> into contesting more.
> I think if possible, at least for first time entries that contest
> sponsors should look to get the certificates to encourage these
> contesters. There is nothing like finding out that you did well enough
> to win *something* to encourage you into diving deeper into
> contesting. Online certifiicates are nice but there is nothing like
> opening the mailbox and finding a real certificate. This isn't really
> a participation trophy - these folks topped their section, or maybe
> earned a single band award. IARU also gives for 250 QSOs, which was my
> initial motivator for participating in the IARU contest and why it
> holds a special place for me.
> For experienced contesters like myself and others, printed
> certificates really don't matter - we go for the big awards or even
> just our callsign in the results column. So for us we can mostly opt
> out. But I think for the newcomers it is important,
> Ria, N2RJ
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