[CQ-Contest] Bad Sprint Ideas

Jim George n3bb at mindspring.com
Wed Feb 11 17:23:11 EST 2004

I agree with Bill Fisher.  My perspective:

1.  No VHF!  This is a crazy idea for sure.

2.  Keep it on the present three bands.

3.  Keep it on Saturday night-same times.

4.  Add one April Sprint.  Jan-April-Sept

5.  Take the expansion one step at a time.

6.  Re. SSB Sprint, I'll leave that to the SSB folks.  Personally, I did 
one and it was not a pleasant experience on 40 and 75 meters.  Never 
again!  But the phone boys seem to do very well.

Jim N3BB

At 05:59 PM 2/11/2004 -0500, Bill Fisher, W4AN wrote:
>#1 (my favorite):  Running the contest on HF and VHF.
>If you want a VHF Sprint, then start one.  Call it the VHF Sprint.  Be sure
>to make it a sprINT format so you and the other 2 guys you can hear won't
>run out of things to do.
>#2: Sunday Sprint.
>For you guys with kids out of college and Sunday is the same as Thursday
>(I'm jealous), this may make sense.  For those of us with kids in diapers or
>need to be at school the next day, this idea just doesn't fly.
>Add to this the operators that drive to stations to operate.  The last CW
>Sprint I got home at 2:00am.  Sorry, I'm not getting home at 2:00am on a
>Sunday night and then getting up to work 5 hours later.
>#3: Quarterly Sprint
>Feb, May, Sept, Nov
>OK, you tell me where we operate the Sprint in November?  Better yet, you
>tell me who wants to operate another contest in November?  3 Sprints per
>year... maybe.
>#4:  Phone Sprint
>Dumb contest.  No, wait.  Dumbest contest.
>Maybe if it were moved to 15m/20m/40m, and earlier in the day.  Otherwise,
>too disruptive.  And, if a contester thinks a contest is too disruptive,
>what do you think the non-contesters think?
>I can give you recommendations for dumping this contest forever from at
>least 5 guys who have won it in the past and who won't operate it again.
>Back to net,
>Bill Fisher
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