[RTTY] Re: [CQ-Contest] Morons at the NCJ

Barry w2up at mindspring.com
Sat Feb 9 17:53:59 EST 2002

As a "two mode" contester (CW and RTTY), I agree with Tyler one 
hundred percent.

As I've said before on the RTTY Reflector, IMO, there are way too many 
minor RTTY contests, and I would much rather see the activity of casual 
(and not-so-casual) ops concentrated in the bigger contests. With no 
disrepect intended to our XE friends, I'd like to see the XE RTTY 
contest, and a bunch of others, just go away due to lack of interest.

I, too, would like to see the WPX RTTY moved further from ARRL CW. I 
can't operate back to back weekends seriously. In years I have 
operated the RTTY WPX, I've done ARRL CW part-time multi at N3RS 
(to paraphrase Seinfeld, "not that there's anything wrong with that"). 
Some years, I like to operate ARRL CW from home, and in those years 
I don't do the WPX test.
Barry W2UP

On 9 Feb 2002 Tyler Stewart wrote:

> As an "all-mode" contester, I would have to say that the RTTY WPX is the
> second or third largest RTTY contest of the year.
> The XE RTTY contest is a very minor and shouldnt even be considered as an
> obstruction.
> Irregardless, I would not concern myself too much with trying to dodge RTTY
> contests.  The Sprints are only 4 hours on the second night of the DX
> contest and there are other places the DX will go, even tho a lot of them
> are supposed to stay between 7030 and 7040.
> Since the RTTY WPX has 18 hours of off time in 48 hours, there are a lot of
> guys off the air as well.
> RTTY has been having to dodge all kinds of QRM in the lower section of the
> band for years and years.  They should be used to it by now.  Perhaps the
> Sprinters will want to avoid this window, staying above 7040 or below 7030.
> However, there is already EU packet/pactor below 7040  to 7030 and SSB above
> 7040 which they still have to deal with on a regular basis.
> If you want to move the Sprint or WPX that would be fine with me.
> Personally I'd like to see the RTTY WPX move to the first weekend because
> it's too close to the ARRL DX weekend for me to participate seriously.  My
> family will only tolerate so many adjacent contesting weekends and they are
> quite tolerant as it is... The Sprints being only 4 hours long "dont count"
> as contest weekends in my book! hi!
> Just my humble opinions.
> 73, Ty K3MM
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tree N6TR" <tree at kkn.net>
> To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2002 5:43 AM
> Subject: RE: [CQ-Contest] Morons at the NCJ
> >
> >
> > K4IK writes:
> >
> > > > The obvious "fix" is to move the RTTY and FOC contests on the same
> > > > weekend because the FOCers don't go up above 7035 and have the
> > > > NCJ CW Sprint on the other weekend.
> > >
> > > > I would be happy to move the CW Sprint to whichever weekend it takes
> > > > to make this happen.
> > >
> > > What is the possibility of exchanging weekends for the FOC Marathon
> > > and CW Sprint?  RTTY WPX is between a rock and a hard place since
> > > the Mexico International RTTY is the first full weekend of February
> > > and the ARRL DX Contest (CW) is the third full weekend of February,
> > > RTTY WPX has no place to move ...
> >
> > What?  Another RTTY contest on the first weekend of February?  This is
> > starting to become pretty impossible.
> >
> > Also, I am probably not the best one to approach the FOCers about this.
> >
> > I am skeptical about moving the CW Sprint just so we can QRM a different
> > RTTY contest AND the FOCers to boot.
> >
> > I am pretty amazed that there are two "international" RTTY contests on
> > consecutive weekends.  I think this needs to be fixed before any other
> > solutions can be explored.
> >
> > 73 Tree N6TR/Moron
> > tree at kkn.net
> >
> >
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Barry Kutner, W2UP              Internet: w2up at mindspring.com
Newtown, PA                     Frankford Radio Club

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