ZF2RF - CQ WW CW 95 Final Score

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Tue Dec 12 00:16:05 EST 1995


      Call: ZF2RF                      Country:  Cayman Is.
      Mode: CW                       Category: Multi Single

      Operators:   K4UVT (ZF2RF),  K9LA (ZF2AY),  N8SR (ZF2RR)


      160          151      307            2.03           9           14
       80           505     1108           2.19          16           42
       40         1975     5102           2.58          26           83
       20         1817     4298           2.37          29           77
       15         1397     3148           2.25          23           73
       10            18       48             2.67           8            9

     Totals      5863    14011           2.39         111        298  

	Score  =>  5,730,499

>From RUSSELL S. RINN" <miltex at bga.com  Tue Dec 12 05:31:42 1995
From: RUSSELL S. RINN" <miltex at bga.com (RUSSELL S. RINN)
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 23:31:42 -0600 (CST)
Subject: New Categories - there goes the neighborhood
Message-ID: <199512120531.XAA21315 at zoom.bga.com>

> Most of my contest operating (especially WPX) is from a "super-station." 
> Not everybody has that kind of access (or money). This might just be one 
> way to get more folks interested in what we do. If it doesn't work out, 
> the new categories can always be revoked. Nothing's set in stone, here.

Since when do you need money to compete?  I can talk all day about small 
stations (with skilled operators) achieving big scores and making top 10, 
etc.  No one cares.  

What happens if you take an operator away from a station?  Nothing, as in 
there is no signal, no QSO's.  Last time I looked the op is the most 
important part of the equation.  What happened when Jeff went low power 
from home? 

What happens when you lower standards?  You get lower quality.  
Doesn't anyone care about skill?  Seems as if everyone is concerned about 
getting a call in a box without having to work for it.  (Is that a 
dirty word these days?) 

If you don't push your skills to the limit you won't get better.  By 
competing with the best you force yourself to get better.  Assuming you 
actually want to compete.  It seems as if folks want to win a category 
(they keep asking for new ones) but they want it done by having a 
category that so limits (in quantity) those entered that everyone winds up 
"in the box".  Is that achieving anything?

I believe that if you don't try to upgrade your skills they will actually 
erode.  You don't get stronger by lifting the same weight day after day.

I know I'm not the only one bothered by this. 

> I applaud the WPX Contest Directors for coming up with this. In this time 
> where we're worried about getting new blood in, don't ya think we outghta 
> TRY something instead of just sitting on our duffs bitching about how bad 
> things are getting? 
> Progress isn't gained by following the same path as the last guy.

I agree!  If you compete with the same type station what is that 
achieving?  Don't you really want to beat the guy down the street with 
the mono-banders?  Sure you do.  But don't give in-try harder.  

What good is new blood if it's tainted.  I think this sends the wrong 
message.  Yes, get new people involved but what kind of people do we 

I think most casual op's will remain casual.  They make the 
contest possible by handing out ton's of qso's to those of us who are 
really serious.  I think they have fun by setting personal goals.  It 
appears those who really want new categories may not realize what is 
possible with the stations they already have.

I think that societies "lowest common denominator" practices have finally 
hit contesting.  What a bummer.

> 73,
> Sean
Thanks for your comments sean.  Best of luck.

73 de Russ--

Russell Rinn
miltex at bga.com

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