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Re: [VHFcontesting] ARRL VHF Test 3 Band Category - long rant better del

To: Herb Krumich <wa2fgk@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] ARRL VHF Test 3 Band Category - long rant better delete!!
From: alex@kr1st.com
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 09:34:34 -0500
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Hi Herb,

I agree. These contests have been minimized in significance (cheapened?) to a level that they cannot be seriously considered competitive events anyway. I call them activity weekends. They are basically "everything goes" events now with a few rules sprinkled in to make it look like a contest. Heck, everyone can now print their own participation award and look like a winner, and QST prints maybe a whole page about it if you're lucky.

Unless the ARRL indicates a willingness to seriously look at VHF contests to turn them into (dare I say "fun") contests again, it is useless to even discuss the rules. You've seen in a recent article that they look at the (logging) data only in terms of participation. The competitive element of a contest is secondary, if that even. Whenever you see data presented in a way to defend the status quo, you know that that is where the discussion ends. We vent a little on a lists like these and then the dust settles, until the next event. Rinse and repeat. :)

--Alex KR1ST

On 2021-01-19 08:56, Herb Krumich via VHFcontesting wrote:
Jeff your spot onThis theory of everyone wanting a trophy is a
jokeActually deters hams from making improvements in their
station Stay SafeHerb at WA2FGK
    On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:22:50 AM EST, Jeff Kabel
<kabelj@gmail.com> wrote:

I think that there are too many categories in the VHF contest. It makes it
too easy to pick a category that doesn't have any competition and win,
which doesn't seem that fun. I'd rather have a middle of the pack score
than win without putting any effort in.
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