[CQ-Contest] Going Over to the Dark Side
Mike Gilmer, N2MG
n2mg at eham.net
Mon Jan 13 12:41:26 EST 2003
Perhaps a kind of "last-minute, as-the-contest-ends, make-one-more-QSO"
rush overwhelmed their sensibilities. Unfortunately, folks form
opinions about contesters/Contesting in general based on one (or a few)
incident(s) involving one (or a few) operator(s). Regardless of
whether these collisions in our shared spectrum are deliberate,
mistakes, or caused by stupidity does not seem to matter - they get
Contesting in trouble and we should be aware of this. It does not
mean, however, that we should overreact. I think the ratio of
"accidents" to numbers of QSOs is no worse (or even less) for
contesters than for the general ham population. We just make more
QSOs. Contesting has little to be ashamed of.
> ...the NAQP ended at 0600. I checked my log, the incident in
> question happened between 0550 - 0600 Z. I'm not sure why that
> was important, but enough people asked me about it that I guess
> it was.
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