[CQ-Contest] Second Century of Radio

Zack Widup w9sz.zack at gmail.com
Wed May 27 06:45:12 PDT 2009

Sorry, I'm a RADIO amateur. I'm into RADIOsport, So I, for one, won't be in
anyone's logs in those contests.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 4:26 AM, Paul O'Kane <pokane at ei5di.com> wrote:

> In the ARRL Contest Update for May 27, N0AX ends his
> "Pushing the Envelope" section with the words "Welcome to
> the second century of radio!"  where, presumably, it will
> be the norm for us to be actively using the internet while
> contesting.
> He says, "I don't think we're at the threshold of radio-less
> radiosport by any means, but we do have to keep the deeper
> principles of radio contesting firmly in our sights."
> We have already passed the threshold of radio-less radiosport.
> There are plans for a CQ100 contest in January 2010, which
> will be 100% internet-based.  Now that will level the playing
> field - no antennas, no QSB, reliable propagation independent
> of distance, everyone running the same power.  It will be what
> we all want, a test of operating ability - pure and simple.
> www.qsonet.com/programs.html.
> There will be another contest that will combine amateur band
> RF and CQ100.  If you can't get that mult on 20m, no problem
> - get it on CQ100 20m.
> Regarding the deeper principles of radio contesting, I am of
> the view that there are but two of them - use amateur-band RF
> throughout the signal path between the operators concerned,
> and don't use other communications systems to arrange,
> facilitate or complete contest QSOs. If our shared interest,
> amateur radio contesting, becomes (or already is) something
> else, then I suggest it needs a new name to reflect the
> changes.
> 73,
> Paul EI5DI
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