[CQ-Contest] Which Linear to Purchase?

Don Daze Don_Daze at enron.com
Tue Jun 1 23:10:04 EDT 1999

Can any one make a recommendation on which Linear to purchase?
I am considering the Ameritron AL-1500, Commander 2500, or Alpha 99B.
The Linear will be primarily used for medium gun DX-contesting.  It will replace
my Dentron Clipperton L, which has served me well for the past 18 years.
Currently I am using an Icon-756 xcvr.
I am very interested in hearing from anyone who has hands on experience with one
of the above linears.  I will summarize and post replies.
Tnx & 73,
Don Daze, N5DD
Don_Daze at enron.com

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>From Guy Olinger, K2AV" <k2av at qsl.net  Wed Jun  2 04:50:44 1999
From: Guy Olinger, K2AV" <k2av at qsl.net (Guy Olinger, K2AV)
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 23:50:44 -0400
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Aging ranks.  (was WPX Rumination)

----- Original Message -----
From: Barry Kutner +ADw-w2up+AEA-mindspring.com+AD4-
To: +ADw-CQ-Contest+AEA-contesting.com+AD4-
Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 1999 6:31 PM
Subject: Re: +AFs-CQ-Contest+AF0- WPX Rumination

+AD4- On 1 Jun 99, Guy Olinger, K2AV wrote:
+AD4- +AD4- And the complaint is a bit USA-centric in a world-wide contest. Almost
+AD4- +AD4- every weekend is a holiday SOMEWHERE. Any reason why our holidays are
+AD4- +AD4- more important than any other country's, when it comes down to the
+AD4- +AD4- contest committee's date selections?
+AD4- +AD4-
+AD4- Yes. It is a USA company that sponsors the contest, with USA
+AD4- people providing most of their income in magazine subscriptions
+AD4- and advertising. If 4X sponsored a contest, you wouldn't expect it
+AD4- on Yom Kippur. If SU sponsored a contest you wouldn't expect it
+AD4- during Ramadan. You wouldn't expect the Va. QSO Party on
+AD4- Robert E. Lee's birthday :.)
+AD4- If WAE or JIDX fell on an American holiday, that's life, too bad. But
+AD4- why do we do it to ourselves?

The analog to what you say would be Easter or Christmas, religious holidays
of the main religion in a country. Don't think Memorial Day considered a
religious holiday by most. Actually, try scheduling something on Yom Kippur
in New York, New England.

The other thing is kind of like I brought the ball, I make the rules, from
our childhood. People get away with it, because the group has to have the
ball to play, but most people resent it if it comes down to that.

+AD4- +AD4- Myself, being the old codger I am, I am finally taking some
+AD4- +AD4- independence from all weekends (I do mean all) being dominated by
+AD4- +AD4- family. They are all raised, colleged, married, homed and employed.
+AD4- +AD4-
+AD4- Isn't that one of the problems? Most contesters ARE old codgers.
+AD4- Guy, were you at the Contest Banquest at Dayton? K1AR asked
+AD4- for a show of hands of those in the room less than 25 years old.
+AD4- Out of 300 or so, there were 2+ACE- We're not going to encourage
+AD4- younger hams to contest if the contests are during traditional
+AD4- family-oriented holiday weekends.

I could have guessed the outcome of such a show of hands, but not for the
reason you quote.  When I was younger, I would have loved to go to Dayton.
Never could AFFORD it. The main operative here is that YOU NEED MONEY TO GO
TO DAYTON. If one is from ordinary roots, one has to be an old codger, or
fortunate in business, or have no kids TO HAVE MONEY. You can figure this
out by noting the only weekend in the year that the Dayton airport is buried
in small aircraft, and you have to get a landing time in advance.

There is a certain statistical flaw in the extrapolation of a limited sample
where the selection mechanisms from the general sample are not known.

In PVRC we have young contesters coming up. Imagine other big contest clubs
are the same. In the NC chapter here, there is a regular, and self-replacing
group at W4ATC over on NC State campus that comes to club meetings. Maybe
they can't afford to go to Dayton, but they are at the local meetings. They
may be the only reason that CW is still alive 30 or 40 years from now. Old
codgers still having fun with something they learned WAY BACK THERE IN THE
1990'S. (I mean, like, they didn't even have network holograms, and they got
in cars and DROVE somewhere to shop. Had to DRIVE somewhere to visit.
Terrible to live back then.....)

W4KFC, W4BVV, W3GRF, et al, taught me contesting at PVRC when I was 20 and
living in the DC area, and could barely afford food, the car payment and the
rent. You would have had the same show of hands back then at Dayton.

+AD4- 73 Barry

Likewise. Hope you had a great weekend.  Guy.

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