[CQ-Contest] Contest Recruiting 101
David A. Pruett
k8cc at comcast.net
Sat Jul 27 20:50:02 EDT 2002
I gotta commend you on your efforts to raise teams for the NAQPs. It
sounds like you're having a lot of success and it should be a lot of fun.
You mention W8LNO's 'Midwest Popguns'. Joe was a long-time member of MRRC
and about the same time that he was organizing the Popguns, I was
organizing the 'Motley Crew' Sprint teams. This was the timeframe (early
80s) immediately after I returned to MI from college in AR. K5GO and I
were on 7200 KHz every Tuesday evening talking contesting and we'd attract
other contesters. We started with one Motley Crew team (the name sprung
from the wide assortment of operators we attracted), had two teams quite
often, and occasionally three if I remember correctly.
Of course, IMHO the crowning achievement of the Motley Crew and Midwest
Popgun teams was the 45 minute "New Wave" Sprint we held immediately before
a regular Sprint in 1984 to protest W6OAT's refusal to move the starting
time from 01Z to 00Z to provide a modicum of stateside propagation for us
Midwesterners. We made our point and Rusty made the change. The panic
caused across the USA as contesters double-checked their clocks was a bonus...
Of course this was before you and I knew each other :-)
We need more stuff like this to make history.
I wonder what Joe Warden is up to now?
Unfortunately, we have an MRRC meeting at W8AV's the day of the CW
NAQP. This date was not chosen carelessly, but was the result of 'AV
family schedules. Our plan is to have K8MAD on the air multi-op from 'AV
for NAQP CW QSOs. Also, the following weekend is the OH QSO Party so a
number of the mobiles plan to drive their mobile contest setups to the
meeting so there are some other potential sources for QSOs.
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