[CQ-Contest] Re: [CTDXCC] CW Sprint: a W5 Team

Richard L. King k5na at texas.net
Tue Aug 24 15:51:41 EDT 2004

At 07:16 PM 8/24/2004, Jim George wrote:

>Also, we also will support the minute of silence in memory of W4AN.
>de W4PA:
>In case you missed it in the last NCJ Sprint results, Tree N6TR asked
>for a voluntary 1 minute silence at the 0000Z Sprint Sept 12 start in
>memory of Bill. I intend to honor that request and would encourage
>others to do so as well.

I realize that this suggestion is to show respect for W4AN's passing. But I 
think it is a really bad idea and not appropriate. I believe that Bill 
himself would think it is ridiculous to stop or pause a contest because a 
regular participant has passed away. This takes away from the seriousness 
of the Sprint.

I know that one minute isn't a long time, but it will be more significant 
if folks, that wanted to, would use the name "Bill" in the contest as a 
memorial. Also there will be a lot of people that won't get the word about 
the one minute of silence at the beginning and perhaps the inactivity will 
be confusing to them. The memorial would have been less intrusive if the 
voluntary minute of silence were at the end of the contest.

Who is the "we" referred to above, CTDXCC participants? Has the minute of 
silence has become mandatory?

Just my opinion.

73, Richard

k5na at texas.net 

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