[CQ-Contest] Important Issues
dx35 at hilding.com
Sat Oct 29 00:58:28 EDT 2005
Bob, W5OV, wrote:
> We need to come up with a plan to get kids interested in ham radio and
> contesting. Someone in a CQ contesting video once described contests
> as a video game that you play with your ears and your brain. Maybe
> that might be a target audience? What do we need to do to get the
> millions (that's right - millions) of on-line video gamers aware of ham
> radio contesting?
> With all of the brain power here, we should be able to come up with
> something that would be effective.
> Ideas? Let's hear them!
Even before I got back on HF 2 years ago, I was chewing on thoughts of an
Internet version of ham radio contesting. Let's face it...young kids today
aren't gonna have the BIG BUCKS to build mega-contest stations. At least
at first :-)
Coincidentally, two nights ago before the NCCC "NS", I attended a local
education related fund raiser at the big winery about a mile down the road
from where I live. I ended up buying my ticket at the door from a woman I
hadn't seen in about 10 years (I almost listed their home when they were
once considering moving).
I asked if her husband was still teaching at SJSU, and she said he was now
with MicroSoft...and X-Box. My next guess proved right...he is some kind
of "Program Manager". Guess who I will be talking with next week about an
incredible "Product Opportunity" in the gaming field? Yup...Mr. Hubby (a
real sharp guy, BTW). I also need to find my old contact info for Sony
PlayStation (I was the voice actor who did the "Markinson" character in
their hit "Syphon Filter" game years ago).
I believe you are correct...one of our major targets for young potential
contesters is within the video gaming arena.
FYI & 73...
P.S. The wife told me she used to be a CBer, so I wrote the K5ZD "Live
Audio" feed URL for the CQ WW on my bizz card and gave it to her...as well
as mentioning the next step for her was a move from CB to Ham Radio
Contesting. Umh, I plan to buy her a copy of "Now You're Talking" :-)
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