[CQ-Contest] Announcing the North America SSB Sprint-boycott from "MAR"

K8MR via CQ-Contest cq-contest at contesting.com
Sat Jan 24 15:35:01 EST 2015

The low activity issue is irrelevant for the NAQP and NA Sprints. There 
is insufficient activity in nearly every NA country outside of the US 
and Canada, which does not disqualify those countries from being 

Being somewhat familiar with the DC area by virtue of having a daughter 
who lived in the DC area (though not in the District itself) for 
several years, it would not be difficult to do a DXpedition style 
operation (or more accurately, a state QSO Party rover style operation) 
for a 4 or 12 hour contest from places like Rock Creek Park, or the 
park (whose name I forget) which is right across the river from Reagan 

73  -  Jim   K8MR

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Brown <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com>
To: cq-contest <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 3:13 pm
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Announcing the North America SSB 
Sprint-boycott from "MAR"

On Sat,1/24/2015 7:15 AM, Paul Stoetzer wrote:
> There's no good
> reason to do so. DC stands on it's own as a completely separate 
> entity from Maryland.

I beg to differ. There's a VERY good reason, and, IMO, is the same
reason why the Canadian sections are grouped together for some contests
-- insufficient activity. This is a reality of our modern world -- it's
become increasingly difficult to build and operate a halfway decent HF
station in our major cities. The reasons range from wildly excessive
noise levels to limitations of real estate, sky hooks, legal/zoning
restrictions, and CC&Rs. When I lived in Chicago, I was one of four
active HF stations, one of whom operated QRP from the University of
Chicago. I know of NO active contesters in the city of San Francisco,
and I would know if they were there because they would be in our club. 
don't know ham activity in other large cities, but I suspect it's 

73, Jim K9YC

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