[CQ-Contest] CQ WW. I "get it".
Jimk8mr at aol.com
Thu Oct 20 15:31:00 EDT 2005
In a message dated 10/20/05 2:48:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time, w4pa at yahoo.com
There's a reason this contest has become so popular - it's REALLY HARD
TO WIN. And because it's hard, it requires people who want to really
compete to take it very seriously, and that seriousness filters down
from the top scorers into the contesting rank-and-file.
The contest is clearly very popular, but not because it's hard to win.
If hardness of winning was the criteria for popularity, people would be
lining up to operate at VY1JA.
It is hard to win because it is very popular.
It's popular because 60 or so years ago the folks at CQ had the foresight to
secure the franchise for a contest where it was anybody working anybody
(outside their own country, that is - sorry Yuri!) and to pick a couple of prime
weekends to do it on.
Then 30 or so years later radios became small enough that one could travel
to almost any part of the world and have the great fun of being chased by
everyone else in the world. And the rest of the world realized that these two
weekends were the two best weekends of the year to find and work rare DX.
Would any of this change if ZB2 and EA9 were scored equally? If there was
only one active P40 station but five other zone 8 Carribbean countries active?
If one only lost one qso for busting a callsign? I doubt it.
Good luck to all in CQWW, and success to all who work hard.
73 - Jim K8MR
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