[CQ-Contest] And the winner is:

Jim White, K4OJ k4oj at tampabay.rr.com
Thu Jun 3 08:42:32 EDT 1999

KR2Q wrote:

<< K1AR asked
 for a show of hands of those in the room less than 25 years old.
 Out of 300 or so, there were 2!  >>

>This was a poorly designed (not designed at all, actually) survey.  How many
>HS kids (even "us") ever went to Dayton (local W8's don't count)?  College
>types are busy with finals (remember those?).  Most recent grads are busy
>trying to make a living or building a station and probably do not have the
>luxury of time/funds to hit Dayton.  Sure, there are fewer "kids" in
>contesting now than in the late 60's/early 70's, but a "show of hands" was
>far from scientific.

Sounds like sour grapes to me. So what if the winner wasn't from FRC, Doug?

The "winner" of that "contest" (which brought no prize!) had graduated form
college the weekend before...the youngest contester in the room was Florida
Contest Group's own: N4GI.   Blake has had the good fortune of being exposed
to contesting by a college ham club counselor, and contest enthusiast.  That
college advisor by DOING SOMETHING helped to increase our ranks as

WD4AHZ made a posting about the upcoming Field Day exercise.  When I was on
the Contest Advisory Committee a few years back all of the CAC members at
Dayton talked about the death of the Novice Roundup and it turned out we all
had gotten our exposure to contesting when we went to a Field Day...

LETS REMEMBER FD IN A FEW WEEKS -------> Not necessarily as a contesting
exercise (which FD is NOT) but as a recruitment opportunity!

Go to Field Day, have a young guy help you logging or better yet, let him
make the contacts and you log for him....you never know if you might be
getting the next K1TO or N5TJ's eyes opened to this incredibly fun aspect of
amateur radio!


Jim, K4OJ
k4oj at tampabay.rr.com

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