[CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM

Michael Coslo mjc5 at psu.edu
Mon Feb 9 13:23:48 EST 2009

On Feb 9, 2009, at 12:30 PM, W0MU Mike Fatchett wrote:

> On Feb 9, 2009, at 11:34 AM, <ve4xt at mts.net> <ve4xt at mts.net> wrote:

>>> No. Sponsors want to receive as many logs as they can, from hard- 
>>> core
> contesters AND casual >>contesters alike.  Contests don't exist for
> contesters alone.
> Huh?  Contests exist for the competition.  Non contesters join in to  
> have
> fun, work new countries, counties, states, whatever.  The very  
> casual op who
> is not into contesting probably does not submit a log nor do they  
> care who
> wins.  I give out lots of contacts in contests that I don't submit  
> logs for.
	We want to get more contesters, both casual and serious. Getting more  
logs is always a good thing. I think Kelly might have meant "hard core  
contesters alone" instead of just "contesters alone".

> What is the percent of log received in comparison to all that  
> participated?

Rough estimate for PAQSO is around 50 percent. Every year I tell the  
troops to be sure to send in their logs, because it gives us feedback  
as well as the normal scoring/log checking reasons. On the other hand,  
there have been people who submit a very small log who win sections or  
counties because no one else did. Often there were people who  
operated, and didn't send in a log who would have won. I know because  
I see them in the other logs. A guy last year won a county with only a  
few QSO's. He was pretty embarrassed about whether he deserved the  
award or not, but I told him that there were two parts of contesting  
that were required. One is to operate, Second is to send in the log.  
The other Ops who made a lot more contacts than he did did not perform  
part two. So he won, and I was happy to send him his certificate.

-73 de Mike N3LI -

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