[CQ-Contest] Contesting on a Budget - Planning Station Improvements

PaulKB8N at aol.com PaulKB8N at aol.com
Mon Sep 13 11:00:14 EDT 2004

Hi Gang,  

Gary, W9XT's request for inputs for CTT&T reminded me that I need to  get 
started on my column, as September is a crazy month for me.  Sounds  like I need 
to plan ahead a little better.
Viola!  My topic is planning station improvements.  What  does that have to 
do with saving money?  I teach project management to  companies, and one of my 
strongest selling points is that planning ultimately  saves money.
To put this in the context of contesting, a long-term station improvement  
plan helps identify what needs to be purchased, built or changed in some logical 
 sequence.  By doing so, you can establish a budget and often make  
improvements before obsolescence or equipment/antenna degradation force  improvements.
Here's what I'd like to learn from you:
- Do you have a long-term or short-term plan for your station, or do you  
make improvements ad hoc?
- How do you identify the weaknesses or gaps in your station  capability or 
design that drive your planning efforts?
- Does planning drive your budget or does your budget drive your  planning?
- Do you chase new technology, hoping for a Quantum leap in your station  
- How has planning helped you save money in the long run?
As always, thanks in advance for what I am sure will be some interesting  
responses.  Please include your call with the input.
Thanks, Paul K5AF
Paul  Schaffenberger

Paul  Schaffenberger

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