[CQ-Contest] modafinil

CT1BOH - José Carlos Cardoso Nunes ct1boh at mail.telepac.pt
Wed Dec 5 22:57:00 EST 2001

I have been using a very efecctive method to stay 48 hours awake during CQWW

Keep my eyes close before contest (i.e. sleep a lot)
Keep my eyes open during the contest.

No drugs, no cafeeine, just will power.

Stay away from drugs


----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Scace" <eric at k3na.org>
To: "Cq-Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2001 11:52 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] modafinil

>    A day or two ago someone mentioned that a US television network had
done a brief story on modafinil, a drug that appears to
> improve alertness during prolonged periods without sleep.
>    I had just read a much more detailed articled about modafinil in "The
New Yorker" magazine of 2001 December 3, beginning on page
> 52.  (This is a classic case of US copy-cat feature journalism, by the
way.  Someone does an interesting story and other media pick
> up on it immediately thereafter.)  I am not a medical specialist, but the
article's description of tests by the military (pilots on
> very long missions, for example) and with narcoleptics certainly seemed
very promising.  The results appear to match requirements of
> those of us who aspire to operate a complete 48-hour contest in a fully
alert state.
>    I would be interested to hear from medical professionals who can
evaluate the more technical research reports (if any) that have
> been published... could comment constructively on the suitability of this
drug for contesting... and could point out risks.
>    73,
> -- Eric R3/K3NA
> ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
> p.s.:  I now expect a lengthy thread of messages containing at least the
following points:
>    -- drugs provide an unfair advantage to those who can acquire them and
care to use them.
>    -- the introduction of drugs into contests is a continuation of the
'horrible' trends set by packet and SO2R.
>    -- drugs should be banned.
>    -- the need for drug testing of winners.
>    -- the best and most highly-respected ops do not need drugs.
>    -- drugs are not prohibited by the rules, and anything which is not
explicitly prohibited is OK.
>    -- the rules are the rules, and anything which is not explicitly
permitted is not OK.
>    -- caffeine is a drug, and contesters have been using it without
limitation since the dawn of contesting and even the dawn of ham
> radio.
>    -- contesting should be on par with other Olympic sports and meet
Olympic standards of avoiding drug-enhanced performance.
>    -- the Olympic banned substance list includes caffeine, as well as
several other common stimulants found in, for example, cold
> and flu medications [to offset drowsiness].
>    -- alcohol is a drug and is used in contests like Field Day.
>    -- Field Day is not a contest.
>    -- alcohol is not a performance-enhancing drug.
>    -- operators who use drugs should be in a separate class, or annotated
in the results with an asterisk*.
>    -- this annotation would be inconsistent with past results, where some
operators were know to have used certain "recreational
> chemicals" as stimulants to fight sleep or improve the illusion of
performance, and whose results were never annotated with *.
>    -- that contesting is its own drug.
>    Having now sprinkled gasoline liberally around the reflector's
landscape, I wonder who will throw the first burning match?
> -- E.S.
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