[CQ-Contest] State QSO parties

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Fri Jul 10 17:48:26 EDT 1998

At 01:17 PM 7/10/98 -0700, Tree  N6TR wrote:
>I also agree with the idea presented by K5TR to consolidate the QSO 
>parties to a small number of weekends.  I have often thought that 
>having an Oregon QSO Party would be best timed on the same weekend
>as the California QSO Party.  Wonder how people who are sponsoring
>well established QSO parties feel about this.
>Perhaps we can identify 5 or 6 weekends per year as State QSO Party 
>slots, and then people can pick and choose from there.  We could use the
>weekends for established QSO parties as a starting point.
>I think the impact to the smaller QSO parties would be very positive.
>There would be more activity and everyone could have more fun.

I'm a little concerned that 5-6 more, relatively pervasive, multi-band,
multi-mode contests a year could precipitate quite a backlash from
non-contesters.  At least currently we can argue that on most CW contest
weekends phone is unaffected, and vice versa.  

73,  Pete Smith N4ZR
In wild, wonderful, fairly rare WEST Virginia

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