ARRL RR ND0C Non-Rookie QRP
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Sun Aug 15 18:40:33 PDT 2010
ARRL Rookie Roundup - SSB
Class: Non-Rookie QRP
Operating Time (hrs): 2.5
Total: 28 Mults = 17 Total Score = 952
Club: Minnesota Wireless Association
I enjoyed the opportunity to give some rookies a contact. I ran QRP (as
always), but brought the Argonaut out of mothballs for this one to run 3 watts
out. The rookies are at various points on the learning curve and some are
already doing a great job. It was especially cool to hear the really young
operators getting the hang of things - and having fun!
This operating activity is a great concept, but the whole spotting issue needs
to worked out. There were some obvious self-spots, undoubtedly due to the
operators not reading the rules closely enough. There was also some apparent
spotting by family members. I think it really reinforces the need for some
heavy emphasis on what is proper (and legal) in any contest. Personally I
think there needs to be less empasis on pushing these inexperienced folks to do
some fancy on-line logging and more emphasis on the basic culture of contesting:
proper (ethical) conduct and knowing and complying with the rules. (My bias: I
don't like spotting in contests and this is only the 3rd time I've ever used it
in a contest - always compliant with my category of entry. For a QRPer S&Ping
in a big contest it is really counter-productive anyway.) For the rookies, I
think there is value to learning some basic contesting skills before throwing
in using spots. I think tuning a band for multipliers without the crutch of
the spotting network has become a lost art. I worry that we will create
another generation of packet lizards.
My first contest was the Novice Round-Up in 1969. Wow - so many things have
changed since then, equipment, logging, spotting, skimmer, and hopefully my
skills! I may still not be a top contester, even within the QRP ranks, but I'd
like to think that after 40 years I've learned a few things. The point is we
all have to start somewhere and learn from there - nobody was born knowing
these things. The fortunate rookies are those that are being actively mentored
by an "ol' hand". Thanks to all those that hosted rookies! The others (like I
did) are kind of learning by trial and error, and mimicking what they hear
others do. So in that respect we are all mentors at a distance. - Another
sobering reminder to be on our best behavior as we contest!
Pop-gun station: Ten Tec Argonaut 509 (3w output), 3 el. tribander Yagi at 48'
and dipole at 40'
You don't have to be crazy to contest using QRP ... but it helps.
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