[CQ-Contest] Why Contest, Round II

Guy Olinger, K2AV k2av at contesting.com
Tue Oct 12 18:29:47 EDT 1999

For me it's improving on a personal best, or similarly, going over a
pile of odometer zeros for the first time (e.g. going over 1 meg for
the first time in WPX).

Or having the difference between my club's score and the other club's
score be less than my score. 

Or beating any one of several station's scores from around here,
however rare that may be.


On Tue, 12 Oct 1999 12:56:47 -0400 (EDT), you wrote:

>On 10/11/99 19:08, Steve Sacco NN4X at nn4x at evcom.net wrote:
>>Awhile ago, I proposed on the thread that I didn't think you should spend 
>>time contesting unless you loved it.
>>Imagine my surprise when I read the following statement by NASCAR stock car 
>>driver Mark Martin:
>>"I don't love to race," Martin said. "I love to win."
>Well, I suppose Mark Martin will quit racing when he starts to lose.
>Winning (or at least placing) is a commendable goal. But only a small 
>fraction of participants can win. (Much of it depends on how you define 
>"winning." Is it a spot in the top-ten box, or beating last year or the 
>guy down the block?)
>After quitting in frustration in the 1996 SSB SS from my poorly equipped 
>station, I decided to take the 1997 SSB SS less seriously. Aside from 
>being part of a multi-op team, that's probably the most fun I've had 
>contesting. Sure, unless you take it seriously, there's no hope of 
>winning. But sometimes winning isn't the only thing.
>Perhaps there's a whole dimension of sport Mark Martin will never 
>understand - the fun of participating. 
>Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
>Quote: "Boot, you transistorized tormentor! Boot!"
>            -- Archibald Asparagus, VeggieTales

--.  .-..
73, Guy

Guy Olinger, K2AV
k2av at contesting.com
Apex, NC, USA

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