[CQ-Contest] Re: IARU contest/results Ham radio is a hobby, but a lot of people dedicates a lot of time and money to it, taking it seriously. To "take it seriously" it's not a sign to be abnormal, but a sort of respect for the hobby and the people dealing with. Concerning IARU results, it's evident to the stones that something is wrong in the results of the last 5 years, at least in the mixed modes categories, but I can't believe that one of the major amateur association could have or support a contest committe deliberately behaving like someone (see above) told becuse upset. I can't believe the IARU organization itself could accept a shameful managing of it's main HF contest, expecially if it is true what it was told to me, that IARU is the only contest where checkers are payed. In the IARU, a committee who's not doing at all it's job would really make fun of the amateur community, not only of contesters, and this couldn't be acceptable by anyone. This is my opinion, and because of it I think what was noticed is due to the rules aging and to a weak checking method, may be both in junction with a lack in the attention and some mistake, no one is perfect. A thief robbed ? Well, he only is the bad one to punish but it is not correct to accuse who represent the law as the reason of stolen gear. On the other hand, if a "law" is evidently proved to be not actual, beeing easily cheatable (ie. the guilty can't be found or proven), there is a very urgent need to act for changing things in the best possible way. If later, in front of the evidence, nothing changes, the "law men", those who should act in updating the rules in our case, also become responsible of the sin, and should be replaced before the damages becomes unrepairable, by more qualified ones. It's a pity if a great contest like the IARU will drop in interest, but if nothing changes about rules or checking, I'll evaluate the opportunity to use that July week-end for typical summer purposes, weather is pretty nice in that period. I feel I'm not alone in this thought.

i4jmy at migate.ampr.org i4jmy at migate.ampr.org
Wed Feb 11 12:10:08 EST 1998

  Mauri I4JMY (one of IR4T)

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