[CQ-Contest] More on Mar vs NB NS and PE. (with NF/LB)

Mike & Coreen Smith VE9AA ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca
Mon Jan 26 21:40:32 EST 2015

Hi Tom !


I am not exactly sure what Gerry meant by that. Perhaps he can elaborate? 


I know myself, and I think Andy is in the same boat a lot of time, is that I will get on for a few hours merely to hand out the NB mult.


That’s not what we are trying to make clear however.


We are trying to make it clear that except for the ARRL SS, certain remaining contests arbitrarily group us (VE1,VE9 & VY2) with Newfoundland/Labrador (VO1 & VO2) to make one big blotch on the map and call it Maritime.  It’s not. Everyone *else* gets their own State/Province to represent.  That’s really all.  Not much more to it than that.  It’s an education to some who think we are always MAR, or always separate provinces or whatever.  I don’t know.

Maybe nobody has ever voiced their opinion publicly or even privately in the 22 years we’ve had distinct prefixes.  Who knows?  We tend to be pretty quiet up here most of the time.


I can’t promise a miracle if we are ungrouped, nor can I promise everyone up here will be happy.  No more than we already are/aren’t.  We’re just asking people to think logically and treat everyone exactly the same.  I would no more group all of New England and paint them with a broad brush any more than I would group everyone in Canada east of Quebec City, so I don’t see the logic.  It cannot be based on RAC (it’s not a RAC section) nor can it be based on activity….otherwise RI, DE and ME might be a section with NE, MT and KS.  Maybe VE4 should team up with VE5? Hi hihihih…. OK, I am getting carried away.


I really don’t think superstations in our area is part of this discussion.


Mike VE9AA


Mike, Coreen & Corey

Keswick Ridge, NB


From: Tom Haavisto [mailto:kamham69 at gmail.com] 
Sent: January 26, 2015 10:05 PM
To: w1ve at yccc.org
Cc: Andy McLellan; Mike; CQ-Contest
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] More on Mar vs NB NS and PE.


> Andy points out the low ham population -- this should be an INCENTIVE to
> get on for a contest -- MAR is the exact opposite -- Why get on if some
> other MAR is on.

I don't have a dog in this fight - great discussion though!

But - I must question this comment.  If there are other ON stations on, does this mean "meh - don't bother - there will always be someone else they can work..."  This can be applied to many contesters in many provinces, states and countries, and I hope it is NOT a widely held opinion!  To me - more activity is always welcome, and I hope it is just a mis-statement...  Just because the guy down the street is on does not mean you cannot get on as well.

Tom - VE3CX


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