[CQ-Contest] Recruiting women into contesting

Barry Merrill barry at mxg.com
Mon Jul 26 18:56:59 EDT 2004

Competition is generally a male attribute.

I convinced Judy, KA5PQD, to work a few stations with her
(Novice forever) call during Field Day on 10 SSB on
Saturday evening.

She was not interested in CQing, and had never tuned
in an SSB station, but (unaided) found 10 stations
in her first hour (including a KP4 with an X in his
suffix using Xylophone for his phonetic!). 

She also experimented with her own choice of phonetics,
initially using Kappa Alpha Five Papa Quebec Delta, but
soon reverted to Kilo Alpha when she realized that few 
hams knew their greek alphabet.

After supper, she came back for 20 more Qs in her second hour; she
was very satisfied that she had learned how to tune and work stations
on SSB, but she had no interest in making any more Qs on Sunday.

Barry, W5GN

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