[CQ-Contest] QST contesting issue idea

steve.root at culligan4water.com steve.root at culligan4water.com
Sat Jun 16 15:41:33 EDT 2007

How about this idea: As an ARRL member I choose to receive NCJ instead of QST. 
99 % of the content of QST is of no interest to me. On the other hand, 99% of NCJ is of great interest to me.
Why not make NCJ the publication with all ARRL contest results and not stick me with QST?
73 Steve K0SR

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Warren C. Stankiewicz [mailto:nf1j at earthlink.net]
>Sent: Friday, June 15, 2007 06:54 PM
>To: 'CQ Contest'
>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 
>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, the 
>thrills of victory and the agony of defeat (sorry) that is ham radio 
>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 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 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 
>With malice towards none,
>Warren, NF1J/6 
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