[CQ-Contest] Hey...chill out! It's a contest! It's VHF and it's just fine with me.

Kenneth E. Harker kharker at cs.utexas.edu
Thu Apr 15 11:42:14 EDT 1999

On Thu, Apr 15, 1999 at 09:06:04AM -0400, tgstewart at pepco.com wrote:
> Man, all this griping about contest rules/formats again...  hey, it's a 
> contest and wouldnt it be boring if they were all the same or even if 
> they were all "perfect"?

     This is exactly my point.  Right now, on VHF, every contest is one 
of either two types: an all-band, all-weekend contest, or a single-band 
four-hour contest.  Unless you live in the northeast, the latter type 
gets boring quickly.  (Yes, I suppose I should be jumping at the chance 
to spend four hours to work, what, two maybe three stations in the upcoming
222MHz Sprint...)  So, let's have a third VHF contest format, a new 
style of VHF contest that I think could be fun all over the country!

> The VHF Sprints have their place and they are fine the way they are 
> (except for the 6 meter portion which needs to be moved off of Dayton 
> weekend).  If you dont like 'em, you dont have to get on and work 
> anybody, and you can always start your own contest and do better :)

    This is exactly what I want.  

    We can keep the all-band all-weekend contests.  
    We can keep the single-band four-hour contests.

    Let's have a new, all-band, four-hour sprint on a weekend.  There's
no contest like it on VHF yet.  I think it would be fun.

Kenneth E. Harker      "Vox Clamantis in Deserto"      kharker at cs.utexas.edu
University of Texas at Austin                  Amateur Radio Callsign: KM5FA
Department of the Computer Sciences         President, UT Amateur Radio Club
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Austin, TX 78712-1188 USA            http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/kharker/

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