[CQ-Contest] Just one weekend

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Sun Feb 27 16:48:46 PST 2011

Somebody should keep the RBN system going, even if not publicly so,  
just to document what a dead weekend on the bands that will be.

I'm not sure I see the point, though.  You're basically focusing on 
those things that make a potential contact easier to find and ignoring 
all those things that make a contact easier to accomplish.  Both reduce 
the need for some aspect of operator competency and I can visualize 
valid criticisms of either.  I could, for example, rather easily rag 
chew on CW without knowing a lick of code and never even hearing the tones.

This is a good example of the problem I have with people trying to 
define amateur radio in terms of their own biases.  The hobby is bigger 
than all of you, or at least it would be if you let it.

Dave   AB7E

p.s.  I rarely use spotting clusters, don't have a private skimmer, and 
have only used the RBN system for signal comparisons.  I reserve the 
right to change that at any time ... and on any weekend.

On 2/27/2011 1:12 PM, kzerohb at gmail.com wrote:
> Let’s pick one summer weekend in 2012, when no DXpedition is planned and no significant international contest is scheduled.  Maybe the second weekend of August.
> On that weekend, let’s turn off all the DX packet clusters, all the internet spotting networks, all the skimmers, all the RBN’s, and just play “a boy and his radio”.
> Just one weekend, 18 months from now.
> Talk it up.  Pass it on.
> 73, de Hans, K0HB/K7
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