[CQ-Contest] Whither Africa?

Charles Harpole hs0zcw at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 15:03:23 EDT 2013

What I hear "foreign" operators say about contests.....  By "foreign" I
just mean operators who are in fairly rare spots;  of course they are
residents, not foreigners, where they live.

What I hear is that ops in these places 1. got their licenses for different
purposes than contesting or being DX, 2. want to use ham radio for other
non ham -type goals, and 3. do not enjoy trying to ride herd on a mass of
rude bad operators.  They do not enjoy responding to QSL requests, paper or
computer data bases.  They do enjoy an hour or two here and there around
their other daily duties of relaxed chat and no-pressure on-the-air

There are likely a majority of hams that are very similar except those
other hams are in locations surrounded by many Type A contesters, and thus
their presence is not so much missed--although it would be great to have
more casual ops to work.  The "rare" ops think of contests as just a wall
of noise, well beside the point of their goals.

Believe me, it is very easy to get sick of scads of people calling while
you are trying to work one.  Many just opt out.
73, Charly HS0ZCW

On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:24 AM, Chip and Janet Margelli <
margelli at socal.rr.com> wrote:

> Several folks have remarked about how bad the Sunday afternoon dawg piles
> on Africa were, especially on ten meters (C91KHN and 5H3EE were utterly
> buried).
> Surely there must be some connection to the fact that there are so few
> African stations on these days. How many of the following did you put in
> your log?
> 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3X, 5A, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 9G, 9J,
> 9L, 9Q, 9U, 9X, A2, C5, EL, FH, FR, S7, S9, ST, SU, TJ, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU,
> TY, TZ, VQ9, XT, and Z2. . .not to mention some of the rarer islands.
> Where have all the Africans gone?
> IARU--there are a lot of countries there that seem not to have any
> activity. More pile-ups to distribute the stations more widely surely would
> ease the pressure on all.
> And it would contribute to fewer flying objects on Sunday afternoon in the
> shacks of folks who are getting trampled.  ;o)
> 73 de Chip K7JA
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Charly, HS0ZCW

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