[CQ-Contest] W/VE contacts from W/VE in ARRL DX

John Boudreau John_Boudreau at gov.nt.ca
Tue Mar 4 10:27:56 EST 2014

Being from a somewhat rare call area I literally have to hide outside the US phone bands or I get swamped with W/VE stations calling me.  I'm always shocked at how many ops still call even if they're out of band.

I think part of the problem this year is that ARRL totally dropped the ball advertising the contest.  None of the usual banner ads on their web pages, no mention on their home page, nothing outside of the usual contest calendar on their Contesting page, not even a mention on their Facebook page.  I would hope that the advertising usually results in a bit more heightened awareness among the non-contesters and maybe even encourages a few more to get in on the action.

 John VE8EV

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Marvin Bloomquist
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 10:41 AM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: [CQ-Contest] W/VE contacts from W/VE in ARRL DX

I get occasional W/VE callers in the ARRL DX contests. Especially on SSB it is easy to politely tell these folks we can't work each other in this contest. When I do that they often thank me for telling them. I'm amazed that many of the big guns work these guys as if they count. That just perpetuates the problem and they go off looking for another contact. Maybe it is slightly quicker to do that on CW rather than explain we can't work each other but certainly not on phone. All of us benefit if we let these neophytes know they need to be working DX.  Hey - at least they are trying to participate rather than sitting out there griping about the contesters.

Marv N5AW 

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