[CQ-Contest] [NCCC] Maximum Time Limit for S/O

Alan Eshleman doctore at well.com
Tue Feb 20 01:08:06 EST 2007

My two-cents' worth: I like the formats that include time for sleep. 
Twenty-four out of 30 is my favorite, but 36 out of 48 is reasonable for a 
DX test.  Healthiest is probably operating as part of a multi and spending 
no more than four hours at a stretch in the chair--like we do on big 

73, Alan/K6SRZ

At 17:24 2/19/2007 -0600, Jim George wrote:
>Rick wrote the email that I was going to write. The idea that 48 hours
>makes any sense for a single operator is foolish. Frankly, some guys are
>going to die from blood clots, etc. The 36 hour max for S/Os is a terrific
>rule. It turns the contest into a strategic thing, not a blind stupid
>unhealthy endurance contest. I realize that there will be traditionalists
>who will make their usual arguments that stamina is part of the contest,
>and that a maximum time limit will somehow reduce participation. I disagree
>on all fronts. It will increase participation. It certainly will for me, as
>I will no longer operate any contest over 24 hours that lacks a maximum
>limit for single operators.
>If you are concerned that records will no longer be meaningful, who now
>cares that the ARRL DX contest used to be *two* weekends on both modes.
>It's time for the League to do the right thing; place a reasonable maximum
>time limit on this contest for single operators.
>Jim George N3BB
>At 12:45 PM 2/19/2007 -0800, Eric Hilding wrote:
> ><annual suggestion>
> >
> >After reading many "I couldn't operate more than 30, 35 or 40 hours" type
> >comments in 3830 posts, it's that time again for my Annual Suggestion to
> >add a "36 out of 48 Hours" category (or something like that) to the ARRL
> >DX Contest for those of us in the Geriatric Generation.
> >
> >I appreciated the past supportive comments of AL, D4B/4L5A, and others who
> >also believe that such a Category might actually increase activity.  OF's
> >who aren't willing to make a serious effort or sacrifice their health
> >knowing they can't (or won't) be able to do the entire 48 hours are more
> >likely to go like proverbial bats-out-of-h*ll for 36 hours in the chance
> >to competitively win something.
> >
> ></annual suggestion>
> >
> >73...
> >
> >Rick, K6VVA
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