[CQ-Contest] How many hours do SOAB entrants actually operate?

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Fri Mar 29 22:34:08 EDT 2013

I guess only .2 percent of contesters love contesting?  This is the 
percent that operated 48 hrs in the CQ WW.  We get to a whopping 2 
percent by going to 40 hours. 4000 logs is 80 people.  I guess we should 
continue to the vast minority then?

The rules/awards/etc should be based on what the competitors are doing, 
not what you hope they do.  Most people are not going devote 40 plus 
hours of their lives to possibly win a plaque and even operating 48 
hours from a poor station is not going to net much of a score.

I am amazed at the number of people that just cannot handle the thought 
of change.  Change can be good and it can be not so good. Should we not 
try to do something for the other 98 percent  or should we continue for 
the 2 percent?

Mike W0MU

On 3/29/2013 10:38 AM, Edward Sawyer wrote:
> This thread comes around at least every year.  Most of the respondents that
> say they would operate more if yada yada was the max hours are truly kidding
> themselves.  The majority of casual contesters either do not really love the
> game, they are not willing to devote focused time vs other obligations on
> the designated weekends, have not put any prep into being ready for the
> contest and end up spending countless hours fixing things on the contest
> weekend, etc.  The fact is, like many things in life, people like to
> complain about stuff and when you offer to drop the barriers they find new
> things to complain about.
> For all those who doubt.there is a great contest this weekend.WPX SSB.  36
> hours is all that is required.  You can pick your off times.kids, church,
> work, sleep, wife, whatever.  There are categories for newbies and limited
> antenna stations.  Try stopping the complaining and start actually operating
> if you truly think you enjoy contesting more than casually.  If you do only
> like contesting casually, great, glad to have you.please just stop trying to
> water it down on the rest of us than enjoy it competitively and are willing
> to make the sacrifices and put the time in.
> Hope to hear some new people on this weekend.
> 73
> Ed N1UR
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