[CQ-Contest] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Wed Mar 6 11:38:01 EST 2013

No disrespect to KF2O or anyone else responding intended or implied, but...
No contest, or for that matter no operating event, will be all things to all people. Any given one will appeal to some, be of interest to others, and be totally without merit to others.

So it goes.
All I can tell you is, I had fun. I didn't have as much BIC time as I'd hoped for SSB, and conditions and other factors had a hand, so I didn't meet my personal goals for the station this time around... but I had fun.
Best part of the SSB event, to me, was having KB3ERQ come over. Ben's helped me operate in the DX contests before, but always as a logger or an observer. This time, though, he was present as with a 6 day old CSCE and a /AG after his call on HF. So I let Ben run solo for a few QSO's. He had a lot of fun, and he will be back, on his own, in future contests. (I just hope I didn't cost myself an operator for my M/S team!!) 
And isn't that the whole point? To have fun?

73, ron w3wn

On 03/06/13, john at kk9a.com wrote:

His callsign is KF2O. Maybe he would have worked more stations last
weekend if he sent his call. I thought that DX participation was fantastic
in the ARRL DX Phone contest, even with the disturbed conditions.

John KK9A / W4AAA

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Subject:Re: [CQ-Contest] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite
From: Steve London <n2icarrl at gmail.com>
Reply-to: n2ic at arrl.net
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 07:58:43 -0700

Since you did not sign your posting with your call and name, I have no
perspective for your comments. This makes you an internet troll.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28Internet%29 .

Steve, N2IC

On 03/05/2013 04:45 PM, hankkier at aol.com wrote:

1 - almost impossible to find a run frequency without stepping on
toes, except on 10 meters

2 - poor participation numbers by DX

3 - reduced # of country multipliers available; probably 25% less than
available in CQWW

4 - voicebox can't handle the traffic!

5 - keep working the same stations on the same bands that we have worked

countless times before


Some stats:

- worked 794 different calls; 1281 total qsos

- just 133 separate stations (11%) gave me 40% of my total QSOs - worked
on 3 or more bands - virtually ALL of those stations I have worked in
contest in which I have made any effort - BORING

- 2 or more bands, 237 (18%) stations and 60% of the points!

Need something to increase interest, and participation, of DX stations

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