[CQ-Contest] Consider This Fellow Contesters

Milt, N5IA n5ia at zia-connection.com
Thu Jul 22 09:34:06 PDT 2010

Thanks John,

Very well written and articulated.

Now let's see if the community of posters can live up to higher expectations 
and raise the bar.

73 de Milt, N5IA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <K1AR at aol.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2010 9:24 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Consider This Fellow Contesters

> All,
> Over the past few  weeks in particular, there has been a significant
> increase in personal attacks  and mudslinging on this channel. Someone 
> aptly
> pointed out recently that rather  than celebrating the enormous 
> accomplishments
> at WRTC-2010, we spent more  time complaining about the impact of packet
> spotting-related issues. It's no  wonder that the majority of actual 
> competitors
> have  avoided posting celebratory summaries of their experiences. Someone
> might  chew them out for their airline selection between London and New 
> York
> or the fact that they used the Internet to catch up  on email during the
> flight. Or, they might simply be thinking, "Why bother with  this crowd?" 
> That
> is a huge loss for us all.
> I'd like to again ask  for some balance. My broader concern has more to do
> with the perception about  contesting that is created by the subtle (and
> sometimes not so subtle) bickering  that takes place here. In many cases, 
> I'm
> not proud of the image we're creating  for new or potential contesters.
> Frankly, we often spend more time bitching than  contributing useful 
> insight that
> benefits contesting at  large.
> While Tom and I try  our best to allow for an open forum, this is a
> moderated list. I'd simply like  to ask, via this message, that you think 
> twice
> before launching your next  "nastygram." In an ideal world, the archived
> version of CQ-Contest should be  great fodder for the advancement of 
> contesting
> and new contester recruitment. As  it currently exists, we have a long way 
> to
> go.
> Think about it and  thanks for reading.
> 73 John,  K1AR
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