[CQ-Contest] ARRL Rookie Contest

Richard Hill rehill at ix.netcom.com
Sat Feb 13 07:31:34 PST 2010

The demographic for this contest seems to be young people who might 
become excited about radio and contesting.  They are generally very 
computer savvy and internet savvy.  This contest seems well designed for 
that demographic.  Young potential contesters who lack a computer 
probably view U-Tube videos, make new international friends on a social 
network and program aps on their telephone and don't find a computer 

It was not designed to help old f__ts transition to a new mode in their 
dotage <grin>.

No one reading this lacks access to a computer.  Non-issue.  (My 
apologies to the one person who reads a printed copy of this email 
received next June by snail mail from their WW1 buddy).

Old F__rt in training.

John Geiger wrote:
> But why force someone to have a computer if they want to play radio contesting? The rules more or less say, if you don't have a computer, we don't want you in our rookie contest.
> 73s John AA5JG-who still logs on paper for non-contest QSOs
> --- On Fri, 2/12/10, Charlie Gallo <Charlie at TheGallos.com> wrote:
>> From: Charlie Gallo <Charlie at TheGallos.com>
>> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL Rookie Contest
>> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
>> Date: Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:24 PM
>> On 2/12/2010 Doug Smith wrote:
>>> The target audience 
>>> of this contest is far less likely to have a computer
>> in their shack.
>> You really think so?  It's 2010.  It's estimated
>> that 78+ percent of US Households had a computer in 2007
>> I'd bet that in ham radio (lets face it, Ham Radio is
>> discretionary spending), the number approaches 100%, except
>> for a few old diehards who LIKE manual logging
>> Now, broadband connections are another matter, as there are
>> places where they are just NOT available (I have a friend
>> who is waiting for the next leg of cable TV to be put in ,
>> as it has only reached as far as next door.  He doesn't
>> want the TV, he wants broadband)
>> I personally think 10 minutes is a BIT tight, for the
>> simple matter if you are stuck on dialup, it might be an
>> issue, but I could easily see 30 minutes
>> -- 
>> 73 de KG2V
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