[CQ-Contest] Definitions, back to basics

Robert Chudek - K0RC k0rc at pclink.com
Wed Jun 4 18:59:20 EDT 2008


I wrote a message along these lines a few weeks after this debate started 
but moved it into my drafts folder. I didn't post it. I went as far as 
looking at the ARRL and CQ websites to see whether there were any "Goals and 
Objectives" defined for this aspect of the hobby. I could not find any. I 
only found the short term goal stated at the beginning of the specific 
contests. "The objective is to work as many stations in the contest 
period... blah blah blah".

IMO, there should be an overall statement from the contest organizers 
establishing the Goals, Objectives, and/or Purpose for promoting and running 
contests. Can anyone tell me what the ARRL and CQ position is? Did I 
overlook something?

Maybe this approach is too "corporate speak" for a hobby like this?

73 de Bob - KØRC in MN

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vladimir Sidorov" <vs_otw at rogers.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 2:53 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Definitions, back to basics

> Skimmer is a wrong topic for discussion. It is just a phenomenon of this
> particular moment. Programmers, etc, don't stop and tomorrow they will 
> bring
> another innovation along, and the discussions will start over again. Just
> recently the remote operation was discussed here, now it's Skimmer, then
> there will be a worldwide network of remote stations controlled by robotic
> skimmers or something else, and nobody of us knows what will it be and 
> when.
> It's time to stop now and clearly define WHAT an amateur radio contact IS,
> and what is the operator's, the individual's role in that. Then contest
> rules can be set up accordingly. And the rules should be universal, they
> have to stay unchanged regardless innovations coming.
> When a sportsman runs around a stadium, he knows, he should run 1 km. He
> does not care what particularily is forbidden for him, is it a bike, or a
> Ferrary car, or a helicopter. Moreover, he does not care what other
> innovations will come tomorrow. He only knows what is ALLOWED for him. He
> knows rules.
> Isn't it time to set up basics?
> Vladimir VE3IAE
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