[CQ-Contest] QST contesting issue idea
aa5jg at lcisp.com
Sat Jun 16 01:32:05 EDT 2007
I was getting ready to mention that myself. We may be 11% of ARRL
membership, but are probably the ones keeping the QST advertisers in
business. I wouldnt supposed the profit margin on a 2 meter HT is very
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: "John Geiger" <aa5jg at lcisp.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2007 4:41 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QST contesting issue idea
> I can't swear to it, John, as it's been a long time since I've seen one
> the surveys, done by a company called Readex), but my recollection and
> is that the most frequent activities are generally chatting with their
> friends, nets, and ragchewing, both on HF and VHF during "mobile hours".
> The other point that I should have made, but didn't, is that we may be
> than 15% of the ham community, but we probably spend close to 75% of the
> total dollar amount spent on rigs and other gear in the hobby. So another
> resource we should pursue is contacting these advertisers.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Geiger" <aa5jg at lcisp.com>
> To: "Warren C. Stankiewicz" <nf1j at earthlink.net>; "CQ Contest"
> <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Friday, June 15, 2007 9:04 PM
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QST contesting issue idea
> > 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
> > all
> >> 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
> > the
> >> 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
> > of
> >> that quality came along, the chances are fairly good it'd show up in
> > print.
> >> We (the ham contesting community) were beyond fortunate in the 60's to
> > have
> >> people like Jack Troster who could write interesting and humorous
> >> articles
> >> that grew interest and participation in contests. Contet writeups
> > themselves
> >> can frequently dissolve into mere retellings of who won what (I know, I
> > used
> >> 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
> >> 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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