[CQ-Contest] Contest Support

Cooper, Stewart coopers at odl.co.uk
Thu Aug 4 03:55:43 EDT 2005

VE4XT said:
>(even if it means buying one single friggin' copy of a magazine)

I totally agree with much of what you say, but in the UK at least, one is unable to buy a single (friggin') copy, and a full air-mail subscription costs more than some are (within their rights) willing to pay. A lot more than many US or VE ops would be willing to pay too, I expect. I would like to see the results without paying for them but I can live without it.
Or perhaps you know where I can buy a single copy?


-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Kelly Taylor
Sent: 04 August 2005 02:19
To: Andrei Nevis; Igor Sokolov; cq-contest at contesting.com; Chris Pedder
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contest Support

Hi all,

I can't help thinking, as I read all the kvetching about the way CQ runs its
contests (and I do have to wonder about the massive delays for some
certificates and plaques), that some folk have lost sight of the true reason
we do this stuff.

To me, at the end of a contest, if I can look myself in the mirror and say
that I had a good time doing it, that's the only thing that truly matters.
Seeing my call in Top 10 or getting a certificate is nice, but I don't live
or die by wallpaper.

If you're not enjoying a contest because you're worried how long it will
take to get your certificate, or how much you'd like to see the results but
you're too cheap to support the sponsor of the contest (even if it means
buying one single friggin' copy of a magazine), then perhaps contesting
isn't for you.

As much as I want everybody to get on in contests, if you don't love the
sport for the sake of sport, then why do it?

And imagine how boring sports would be if only those who made the big
leagues gave a damn about competing.

I think CQ could probably find a better way of doing things (perhaps ONE
volunteer for a contest's certificates isn't enough), but I'm not about to
berate those who give their time to send out 350 certificates only to get
shat upon by the sponsor for being a tenth of an ounce overweight.

This is supposed to be fun, folks. I don't see where the fun is in carping
about stuff all the time.

If you like a contest enough to give it a weekend of your time, paying at
least the cost of a single copy of a magazine isn't too much to ask, IMHO.

73, kelly

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