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Re: Topband: My take on ARRL 160

Subject: Re: Topband: My take on ARRL 160
From: Eddy Swynar <>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2011 10:09:44 -0500
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Hi All,

Well, my station here is HARDLY the "...last word" when it comes to contesting 
& the 160-meter band...

But I must say, I really & truly enjoy getting on the ARRL Topband event (been 
doing it, off & on, since the mid 70's), and giving the ON multiplier to those 
seeking new sections to work---especially to those guys out in the west coast, 
many of whom seem to be genuinely thrilled to work across the continent, if 
judging by the added "TU" & "GL" that many add at the conclusion of their 
exchange is any indicator...

I recall back in my formative forays on the band that working into 6- & 7-land 
was a real joy for me: I think that it still is that way for many who may be 
just "...getting their feet wet" for the first time on 1.8-MHz. 

Why deny these newbies a venue to flex their muscles this way? As has been 
already pointed-out here, there are ample opportunities for the established 
seasoned DX'ers amongst us to strut their stuff each season on other 
contests---so what if the ARRL affair is, in essence, a "WAS party"...? 
Everyone has to start somewhere---the neophyte whom you thrilled last night by 
working him could very well be the next Big Gun competing shoulder-to-shoulder 
with you in an event coming your way very soon. 

Rather than decry the format of the event, why not celebrate it as a potential 
birthplace for to-morrow's contestors...?

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ
UR RST IS ... ... ..9 QSB QSB - hw? BK

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