[CQ-Contest] Competitor Friendly Contesting
dx35 at hilding.com
Fri Nov 11 10:55:25 EST 2005
Steve, ZC4Li, wrote:
> We are all getting older and 48 hour contests for single ops are not as
much fun as they used to be, more like torture.
> Your views are appreciated.
I'm glad yet another person has noticed this!!!
> Would 36, 30 and 24 hours categories for single ops bring in more
I've been advocating at least *one* lesser hour category for almost two
years, and as pointed out by 4L5A/D4B and several others many months ago,
the answer to this is YES, YES and YES. You may have also missed the
recent "Perfect Contest" thread started by Jim, N3BB, which included a
> Would it be better to have off times in all contests to be a minimum of
1 hour to be taken at any time ?
Depending upon the contest, I think 1/2 hour works. Actually 15 minutes
may be more ideal because at least you can get up, make a restroom stop,
take a short walk, grab a bite to eat (without getting crumbs in your
keyboard), etc. I took a lot of 5 to 7 minute breaks for such purposes
during the SS last weekend, and missed QSOs, but probably could have waited
for a period 15 minute stint.
It must be the age factor, 'cuz last weekend I could not really sit for
more than one hour without having to get up briefly. My butt was getting
too whacked out in spite of stacking extra pillows on the chair. NO, I do
NOT have Hemorrhoids :-)
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