[CQ-Contest] Why Contest, Round II

Bill Coleman AA4LR aa4lr at radio.org
Tue Oct 12 15:15:02 EDT 1999

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."

I just remembered a line from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" that seems 
significant here. Lt. Worf (who always had the best lines) after being 
admonished that recreational sports are to enjoy, and not a do-or-die 
competition states: "If winning is not important, why keep score?"

That probably applies here. Winning is important, because we do keep 
score. But winning may not be the only thing.

That said, there are contesters who will engauge in a contest, perhaps 
not following all the rules (like high power in NAQP for example), but 
not bother to send in a log. These guys are definitely not keeping score. 
To them, the game is the thing.

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
Quote: "Boot, you transistorized tormentor! Boot!"
            -- Archibald Asparagus, VeggieTales

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