[CQ-Contest] CW Sprint/FOC/RTTY

Rick Tavan N6XI rtavan at gmail.com
Sun Feb 7 19:36:24 PST 2010

Thanks for the Sprint Qs, Steve. Sorry I missed you in the Marathon.

I think the intent was to avoid the bigger conflict with WPX RTTY. That
contest has far more participants than the Marathon. Although CW Sprint
could interfere with a serious Marathon effort, I noticed little Sprint
activity below 025, leaving some decent space for the Marathon. And except
for 40M, I had very little interference from the XE RTTY event up higher in
the bands. Although my own operating time for the Marathon was limited, I
think I could have put in a decent Marathon effort plus a full four hour
Sprint with minimal interference. For me, the Marathon is most enjoyable in
brief spurts. If one puts in too many hours, the rate gets really slow.
Frankly, I thought the three contests coexisted pretty well.

/Rick N6XI

On 2/6/10, Steve London <n2icarrl at gmail.com> wrote:
> To my great disappointment, the February CW Sprint has been scheduled for
> the
> same weekend as the FOC marathon and (yet another everyone-works-everyone)
> contest.
> For the past several years, this conflict has been avoided by swapping the
> Phone
> Sprint and CW Sprint weekends in February. This was a very good move !
> Could someone explain the reasoning and process that lead to the Phone and
> CW
> Sprint weekends being swapped back again, leading to this conflict ?

Rick Tavan N6XI
Truckee, CA

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