It's all a matter of perspective. During my "aggie" days at the Univ of
Arizona, we had classes on artificially inseminating cows. Part of the class
was collecting the seman from the bulls, and the Profs were emphatic that
they would work with Bulls that had NOT experienced the real thing.
The moral there was that oncd those old bulls had the REAL thing, they
could tell the difference when it was faked.
I believe the same thing applies to contesting & antennas. During my Oregon
days, I had 6 towers up, big stuff on all bands and had fairly good access to
ANYONE that showed up on the bands. Now living in beautiful Washington
state.....just below Beautiful BC, I only have a multi-band dipole. Let me
you that from my perspective it is absolutely NOT as much fun working a
ZL on 40 meters with this dipole that it was was a big Mono-band 40 mtr
yagi up 150 feet on a tower, sitting on top of a big hill.
In general, contesting is not nearly as much fun nowaways. A few months ago
someone suggested I try QRP.....I did that 40 years ago. It was fun then, but
it isn't much fun now.
So....it is just a matter of perspective from the person doing the operating.
t 04:25 PM 7/13/98 -0700, you wrote:
> I have been reading with interest the IARU scores on 3830. Sounds
>like things are looking up a bit propagation wise.
> In looking over the station and antenna layouts, I sometimes wonder
>who has the most fun in a contest, the guy with stacks on all bands and
>2 or 3 radios, or the guy with the longwire and Carolina Windom or trap
>vertical. Seems like there are some pretty good scores out there with
>some pretty basic stations and antennas. I'm sure the guy with the
>Windom gets a lot more thrill working a ZL on 40 than the guy with 4
>over 4 over 4. I have to hand it to some of these guys, they get a lot
>of contacts per DB. 73
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