[CQ-Contest] QSO Party Spam

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mb.sympatico.ca
Sat Apr 5 12:11:24 EST 2003

Hi Dave,

I really don't have a problem with QSO parties promoting themselves on here.

Certainly, some QSO parties are more, shall we say, without denigrating any,
significant than others. I am more likely to participate in one of the
larger ones, who shall remain California, than one of the smaller ones, but
as long as it is contest-related, I really don't have a problem with it.

I wouldn't object to seeing the MiQP promote itself here, either. Contests
become large and interesting to out of state contesters only through

That OJ tends to use humour to good effect in his postings doesn't hurt,

73, kelly

----- Original Message -----
From: "David A. Pruett" <k8cc at comcast.net>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 05, 2003 9:43 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] QSO Party Spam

> I'm going to ask this question only once, then I will shut up on this
> How do the participants in this reflector feel about receiving what
> to press releases about state QSO parties every few days?  Is this
> something you don't mind, is it something you're interested in, or is it
> something you find presumptuous and annoying, like the unwanted spam which
> fills our e-mail in-boxes?
> I ask this question because I want to establish (if for no one other than
> myself) what the users of this reflector (and moderator) think is
> The annual "spamming" of CQ-Contest by the sponsors of the Florida QSO
> Party has begun, almost a month before the event occurs.  Why they do this
> is understandable - they are trying to promote their event; nothing wrong
> with that.
> There are other state QSO parties which are on the schedule before FQP.
> is next weekend, MI the following weekend, THEN comes FQP.  I'm sure the
> sponsors of these and other state QSO parties are just as interested in
> publicity and promotion.  But at the same time let's be honest - state QSO
> parties are the most important to the sponsors, and those in the target
> I am the chairman of the Michigan QSO Party committee.  Our philosophy for
> using CQ-Contest to promote our event has been to refrain until the week
> the contest.  Otherwise we confine MiQP announcements to a mailing list
> which we maintain of previous entrants, our e-mail reflector
> (MiQP-Mail at miqp.org) and some targeted mailings to known in-state
> Despite the tone of this note, this is not intended as a blast at the FQP
> folks.  I count many of the FCGers who work behind the scenes as friends
> who run a great event and I wish them luck.  However, I think they are
> taking advantage of this reflector for purposes of publicity, but if no
> seems to mind that's OK.  If that's the case, then count on MiQP (and I
> would suspect other QSO parties as well) to ratchet up the PR spam.  We
> have organizational activities for the contest going on like an on-line
> filling in with counties to be activated, in case you're interested.
> Speaking now as a CQ-Contest subscriber, I would like to see a policy
> state QSO party announcements are limited to the week of the event.  This
> should be plenty to time to establish awareness of the event and get
> on the air.  It will also eliminate PR overlap between succeeding events
> and reduce confusion in the minds of the casual participant that we're all
> trying to attract.
> Now I'll QRT on this subject.
> 73,
> Dave/K8CC
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>     The world's top contesters battle it out in Finland!
> THE OFFICIAL FILM of WRTC 2002 now on professional DVD and VHS!
>        http://home1.pacific.net.sg/~jamesb/
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
> _______________________________________________
> CQ-Contest mailing list
> CQ-Contest at contesting.com
> http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/cq-contest

More information about the CQ-Contest mailing list