[CQ-Contest] Results- 2008 Stew Perry TopBand Extravaganza

Lew Sayre w7ew at arrl.net
Mon Sep 28 23:19:56 PDT 2009

Ladies, Gentlemen and others,
       The Boring Amateur Radio Club is pleased to release the results of
the 13th running of the Stew Perry TopBand DX Challenge.  The log checking
committee worked long and hard to bring you these results in such fine
style.  Please read carefully the overall results and understand well what
miracles some of the plaque winners accomplished.  The results live at
http://jzap.com/k7rat/stew.html .
     The official 14th Edition of The Stew Perry TopBand DX Challenge will
be December 26-27, 2009.  Seems like a long time in the future for some good
grid grabbing action, yes?  The Stimulus Committee of The Boring Amateur
Radio Club has heard you and promulgated an official "warm-up" for The Stew
Perry Contest for October 17-18, 2009.  Same rules-same idea but the warm-up
will not have the plaques. It will have serious 160M cw flying all about the
globe with new and improved stations and operators.  You will be satisfied
that the secret improvements you've made during the summer will have all the
bugs worked out and that only silly Christmas parties and libations could
slow you down for the Real Stew.
     Speaking of plaques, The Plaqueing Committee of the Boring Amateur
Radio Club  will roust the local plaque maker to have the 2008 plaques off
to the deserving shortly after Nov 1.  The Boring Amateur Radio Club is
slightly different from the other excellent 160M contests sponsored by
National Organizations and fascinating radio magazines.  We believe that the
engaged radio combatants should define what qualities a plaque winner should
possess and that if the category passes the family hour test then it should
be open to any who wish to strive for it. Go back and re-read the list of
plaques that were available for 2008.  Note the sponsors. These donors are
the stuff of which radio contesting is made of. You can be a sponsor of such
a plaque for 2009 by proposing a category for competition and sending $55.00
to the club.  Such proposals should be sent to me at the email address
below.   Stalwarts such as KL7RA, VK6VZ, and a host of other listed radio
luminaries have already started their plaqueing process for 2009!
     Rumors of solar cycle 24 having peaked last week after 2 simultaneous
sunspots are probably wrong. The Boring Amateur Radio Club had no part in
naming this upcoming solar cycle period  "The Boring Minimum" even though
solar cycle minimums seem to be good for 160M propagation. It is just like
1928, in more ways than one,  all over again.
     There will be more updates as we approach these events.  Thanks again
to the fearless Club Logcheckers and IT department!
     73 and I remain,
     Lew   W7EW/W7AT
     The Boring Amateur Radio Club Plaque Proliferator
     w7ew at arrl.net

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