[CQ-Contest] Re: ARRL discrimination

Hrvoje Horvat hrle at ipazin.net
Mon Sep 30 17:57:10 EDT 2002

As a young student of economy I learned a bit of a modern capitalistic way 
of making business, and guys in ARRL/CQ Mag you doing it all wrong. 

Contesting is soooooooo popular and there are bunches of people every day in 
front of my doors begging me to let them play in a contest, so this gave me 
an idea how community can make more money on them. 

Blackmailing with asking people money (memberships and such stuff) and in 
return giving out the results isnt really so popular among radioamateurs and 
some people usually get the results without even paying for it. We dont want 
that, right?!
Here's what I suggest. In every other hobby one must pay if he wants to take 
part in some compettition (yeah, even fishing) and so ARRL/CQ-Mag guys you 
should do the same.
You should ask people to pay you before the contest, okey as hamradio is 
specific hobby, you should ask to pay when people are submitting logs. So if 
one who sent log didnt pay simply wont be shown in the results. This way you 
will avoid all those that are not willing to pay and wants to read the 
results wont even be in them. Same way you will avoid them searching trough 
all the possible ilegal ways just to see what place they took.
Now you gotta admit this is just a brilliant idea. 

I do hope someone got the irony out of the text above.
One can only laugh on how CQWW/ARRL organizers are presenting their's 
contest results to the world. I guess CQ Mag and ARRL folks didnt notice 
that hamradio as a hobby is fading out and newcomers in this hobby appears 
in rare cases. Instead of making plans of how to make more people comming 
into our hobby you make fools out of the existing ones. 

Last week I was CQing on 20m and one ukraine guy came to ask me the postal 
mailing address for the SAC SSB Contest. He asked that in the name of the 
very active young kid's radioclub which I worked dozens of times in all 
sorts of contests. They have no internet, no cabrillo formats and their 
equipment is older then I am (19). Sad part of the story is that they're not 
the only one. There's a lot of amateurs in east europe which probably wont 
see their scores in any contest no matter they participated and sent their 
Their avarage monthy pay for hard work is about 50 USD. So if they wanna 
read their CQWW results they have to work whole month for it, and if you add 
ARRL make it two months of hard work. But I'm sure you out there notice how 
your qso rate meter goes up on these people. 

We're not talking about free food here, you guys are making fools out of 
If you want to make private contest, if you think you can charge your 
contest charge it so people will know what they're getting in return. You 
cannot invite all the people and taking money out of them with using pure 
blackmailing methods. I sure missed a line in rules saying if you want to 
receive the results get subsribed to CQ magazine or something like that. 
Same for ARRL, I have to wait months longer if I'm not a member and nobody 
said that within the rules. Maybe if I knew this I wouldnt work those 
contests at all. 

People at WAE and UA DX Contest understand this and so I greatly welcome 
their new standards. Thanks for the fantastic free scorebooks and broshures. 
I'm sure I'll be back in those ones, while I have strong doubts on showing 
up in ARRLs again. 

Hrle - 9A6XX (9A7P Team)

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