[CQ-Contest] Fwd: Re: [multipsk] EURAO Party - Dec 20/21 2014: be digital, explore 30m

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Tue Nov 18 12:00:37 EST 2014

IMHO, based on the description of this "operating event" included, and applying the theory of "if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, swims like a duck, eats like a duck, quacks like a duck and flies luck a duck, then it's not a marlin"
It's a contest.  It may be a "low key" event like many state QSO parties, but it's a contest.
It's a bad idea to do this on 30 meters, and I'd bet even money that the organizers know this, or they wouldn't take such pains to tell everyone that it's NOT a contest.  

That all said... I'm not sure what we, as part of the contesting community, can do about this.  Certainly we don't need to promote it.  But outside of distancing ourselves from this event... although the contest community will get blamed anyway... and telling the organizers that this is a bad idea (a suggestion which, I suspect, they will be pre-disposed to reject), I'm not sure what other actions we can take.
73, ron w3wn

On 11/18/14, Joe wrote:

Should this be promoted?
It says not a Contest, well,, yeah, but it's a slippery slope for 
sure. First this, then what, I already hear grumblings from NON 
Contesters when a W1AW Portable station shows up on a WARC band or a 
rare DX where it sounds just like a contest with the giant pile ups.

Should the amateur population pressure folk like this to NOT do stuff 
like this?


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Subject: Re: [multipsk] EURAO Party - Dec 20/21 2014: be digital, 
explore 30m
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:54:05 -0500
From: blitz716 blitz716 at sonic.net [multipsk] <multipsk at yahoogroups.com>
Reply-To: multipsk at yahoogroups.com
To: multipsk at yahoogroups.com

I thought the WARC band were supposed to be free from this "CQ Nonsense" 
contest BS?

dhobson123 at aol.com [multipsk] wrote:
> EURAO Party - Autumn 2014: be digital, explore 30m
> The European Radio Amateurs' Organization:
> http://www.eurao.org
> , together with the 30 Meter Digital Group: http://www.30MDG.org
> announce a new party on the air, this time with the motto: "be 
> digital, explore 30m". Remember this is not a contest, it is just a 
> radio meeting with a few simple 'rules', better to call them 
> recommendations.
> Purpose: to promote this magnificent band, all digital modes, have fun 
> and meet other hams all over the world. Of course also SWLing is welcome.
> Date & time: December 20th and 21st, 2014, Saturday and Sunday, 
> 00:00-24:00 UTC.
> Bands & modes: these are the recommended modes/frequencies (+/-) for 
> the 30m band: CW/10.100-10.130, SSTV-N/10.132 and 10.144, 
> WSPR/10.1386, JT65/10.138-10.140, BPSK31/10.140-10.142, 
> RTTY/10.142-10.145, ROS/10.144-10.145, FeldHELL/10.144! , 
> APRS/10.1491-10.1495 MHz. Tools: HamSpots, Band Chart.
> Exchange: because this is a QSO event, not a contest, you can talk 
> about whatever you want, in any language, and for as long as you like. 
> Here are some topic suggestions to get the conversation going: name, 
> city, locator, weather, antennas, rigs, etc.
> go here for more details: http://www.eurao.org/en/node/639

Posted by: blitz716 <blitz716 at sonic.net>

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