[CQ-Contest] Where have all the young ones gone? courtesy of Pete Seeger

Joe nss at mwt.net
Thu Apr 23 14:33:53 EDT 2015

so, how about taking this to the extreme if someone won say CQWWCW and 
the prize if there was one was a brand new 8000 dollar radio,



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On 4/23/2015 1:30 PM, Radio K0HB wrote:
> Actually, Joe, the FCC doesn't say you can't be paid.
> It says your operations as a ham must be "without pecuniary interest".
> Now receiving a "fancy certificate, suitable for framing" might be 
> loosely be interpreted as "being paid", but it does not rise to the 
> level of "pecuniary interest".
> The term "pecuniary interest" has quite a narrow legal and financial 
> definition which involves money or instruments negotiable for cash, 
> not plaques or certificates.
> 73, de Hans, K0HB
> -----Original Message----- From: Joe
> Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 2:35 PM
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Where have all the young ones gone? courtesy 
> of Pete Seeger
> Is it a gray line here?
> I always wondered about this some.  Is a "Prize" being getting paid to
> operate the radio?
> To me is isn't because there is no guarantee you're going to get
> anything for operating the radio.
> If you place last you don't get anything, if you place like in the top
> ten you get a piece of paper, so no problems there.
> But if you place first, in many contests you get a pretty nice plaque to
> display. I have one right here on my wall from taking first place in the
> Wisconsin QSO Party Single Op Fixed station in 1989. Now while that
> chunk of walnut wood with the brass engraving isn't worth a K3. but it
> does have value does it not? At least personally to me is does. even tho
> monetarily it is not a lot.
> BUT if you really wanted to be picky did I not get paid something by
> getting that plaque by operating my radio?
> There must be a positive way to differ between a Paid vs a prize. ya 
> know?
> But of course wouldn't it be cool that if it was possible in some of the
> ultra major contests to be able to win something. like a radio or 
> something.
> Joe WB9SBD


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