[CQ-Contest] QST contesting issue idea

John Geiger aa5jg at lcisp.com
Sat Jun 16 00:04:12 EDT 2007

That leads to the next question, then.  Based on the ARRL surveys, what area
of ham radio is the primary interest of the majority of ARRL members?

73s John AA5JG
(ex: W5TD, NE0P, N0EEN, KA0IFG)
Confirmed 6M addict: 6M WAS #1275, 6m VUCC #1260

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Warren C. Stankiewicz" <nf1j at earthlink.net>
To: "CQ Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2007 11:54 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QST contesting issue idea

> Hank, K8DD writes, "It's all down to the 'bean counters'."
> Which is true, but begs the questions, Who is counting the beans, and what
> beans are they counting?
> The ARRL has survey after survey, going back at least a decade, that
> indicates contesting is of interest and/or  pursuit of less than 11% of
> hams.
> This indicates two possibilities:
>     Not enough contesters are ARRL Members
>     Not enough ARRL members are contesters
> Or, of course, a combination of the two.
> What, then, is to be done? The answer seems clear in concept, yet far more
> difficult in execution.
> What is needed, clearly, is more compelling content. Stories that make
> people sit up and take notice. Tales that share the excitement, the joy,
> thrills of victory and the agony of defeat (sorry) that is ham radio
> contesting.
> Impossible, you say? Hogwash. I've seen it. I've seen QST publish it.
> Although I don't work for ARRL now, I'm fairly sure that if such content
> that quality came along, the chances are fairly good it'd show up in
> We (the ham contesting community) were beyond fortunate in the 60's to
> people like Jack Troster who could write interesting and humorous articles
> that grew interest and participation in contests. Contet writeups
> can frequently dissolve into mere retellings of who won what (I know, I
> to have to write them. A *lot*).
> What we need now are some contesting heroes, and some stories of the same.
> If we wish contesting to continue, it is our duty to further the cause of
> our own self interest. To merely expect the ARRL to support us because we,
> the chosen few, the band of brothers and sisters, wish it to be so is pure
> fantasy.
> With malice towards none,
> Warren, NF1J/6
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