[CQ-Contest] I watch with interest, but with great sadness

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Wed Feb 13 17:47:48 EST 2002

On Wed, 13 Feb 2002, Jim Reisert wrote:

> --- "Leigh S. Jones, KR6X" <kr6x at kr6x.com> wrote:
> > So the DXCC certificate is in danger of elimination.  Someone produces
> > data that says the cost of sending HQ staffers to the convention isn't
> > being offset by all of the money being spent by DXers on their DXCC
> > stamps.  Someone produces statistics saying that only a fraction of the
> > ARRL members have DXCC certificates -- therefore certainly only a 
> > fraction must believe that the ARRL should continue to underwrite the
> > cost of administration of the DXCC program.  How's DXCC going to
> > survive in this climate?
> By selling a piece of paper for $10 called "QRP DXCC" that requires them to do
> nothing more than make sure the list you sent them has 100+ different entities
> listed.  No QSL cards required.
> 73 - Jim AD1C

This whole thing brings up several interesting questions.  Who ARE these
mysterious majority of ARRL members?  What do they do with ham radio?
What do THEY want out of the ARRL, or do they even care?

The DXCC program is something marvellous, quirky and unusual.  The rules
for it are also very odd and quirky.  I think it's unlikely that a brand
new program, invented today, would include "entities" such as all the
uninhabited islands of the DXCC program.  It would probably be more like
the WorldRadio W-100-N award.  (I'm not knocking that, either; it's just a
different program with its own rules.  It's also a lot of fun.)

We find a LOT of non-U.S. hams in the pileups trying to work these
uninhabited rocks that count for DXCC.  This indicates to me that these
hams are also going for DXCC, or that they are participating in some other
award program based on DXCC.  The DXCC program has become something beyond
the borders of the American national radio society.  I think that should
be taken into consideration.

73, Zack W9SZ

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