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

Cqtestk4xs at aol.com Cqtestk4xs at aol.com
Sun Mar 31 18:38:19 EDT 2013

People run in marathons and hate the last part of the run.  However,  they 
do it for the same reasons I and some of the other "iron butts" do a full  
48 or close to it.  It's a challenge.... a rare combination of skill and  
endurance.  Skill is the sprint, endurance is the marathon.  The CQWW  and the 
ARRLDX are a beautiful combo of the two.
Marathons are not for everyone and either is being an "iron  butt".  But, 
it is a great feeling to still do it at 66 years of  age.
Bill K4XS/KH7XS 
In a message dated 3/31/2013 3:00:14 A.M. Coordinated Universal Time,  
xdavid at cis-broadband.com writes:

Cause that sounds like so much fun?

I like contesting  because I find it enjoyable, but I don't find trying 
to stay awake for the  majority of 48 hours fun at all.  It's painful at 
best and leaves me  feeling hungover afterward, and often weakens me to 
the point of being  more susceptible to colds and such.   I just don't 
bother to  compete aggressively anymore as a result ... it simply isn't 
worth  it.

There is a HUGE difference between a skill-based competition and an  
endurance-based competition.  Some people gravitate more toward one  than 
the other, and a very select few are good at both.  Having  different 
categories based upon operating time merely provides opportunity  for a 
greater number of participants to focus on whichever aspect they  find 

Merely outlasting a more skilled op doesn't sound  all that gratifying to 
me anyway.

Dave    AB7E

On 3/29/2013 10:09 AM, N1MM wrote:
> If you want  to win, place or show in a contest, a long contest is your 
>  friend.  Except for one of us, there is an op out there that can beat  
> us.  If he has to go into work on Saturday morning, you might  have a 
> chance.
> My point is that if you have any  illusions that you might win a 
> contest because it is shorter, just  the opposite is true.  You are 
> more likely to win if you can  stay in the chair for close to the full 
> contest, while better  contesters have to sit on the sidelines.
> If you really want to  do well, stay in the chair during miserable 
> conditions.  Some  good ops will throw in the towel, and your rank will 
> likely go  up.
> 73,
> Tom -  N1MM

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