[CQ-Contest] Contest Support

Simon Pearson lists+1 at attenuate.org
Wed Aug 3 05:43:50 EDT 2005

Jim N3BB wrote:
> I don't understand.  From my point of view, contesters should support 
> organizations which sponsor and support contesting.  This takes a great 
> deal of work.  There aren't that many.  Contesting oriented magazines are 
> not a great profit makers.  The least I can do here, for my competitive 
> hobby, is to subscribe to both CQ and to the NCJ.
> I don't understand how people who are contesters actually are complaining 
> about the sponsors while not supporting these sponsoring organizations.

I'm 20 years old and ham radio is an expensive enough hobby as it is 
(in particular contesting). Do you think I can really afford to pour 
yet more money down the drain on magazines where the only thing I'm 
really interested are contest results - which would be like, what, 
two issues out of twelve per year? Thanks but no thanks.

I mean, I participate in Russian DX Contest as well as the plethora 
of other contests in the calendar, but I'm not going to subscribe to 
a Russian journal just to get my results [if the Russian DX 
committee posted results only in the Russian national journal]. 
Luckily, RDXC committee don't publish their results in a magazine. 
They publish them *online* for all to see and they go yet further.

I think I'll continue trying to save my money to operate from a 
station from the Caribbean someday. *Not* spending money on magazine 


Simon Pearson M0CLW
WWYC #452 | G6PZ CG

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