[CQ-Contest] Fwd: CQ'ing for Dollars

Tom Osborne w7why at frontier.com
Fri Jun 5 12:01:34 EDT 2015

Well - even if I paid the $20, the chance of me winning the contest AND 
a radio would be less than the chance I have to hit the Powerball Jackpot.

If it was just a raffle, not connected to any contest, I'd have a lot 
better chance of winning. :-)  Don't they do this at hamfests? 73

> I'm not entirely sure that attaching a raffle to a radio contest turns us
> into professional radio operators any more than playing Texas Hold-em 
> at the
> local Oddfellows Lodge turns people into Daniel Negreanu.
> But... While I might disagree with Hans on the reasoning, I'm not sure I
> disagree with him on the overall idea of "hurling it aside with great
> force."
> It is one thing to tell the 90 per cent of us who don't live on the 
> Atlantic
> Rim "it's just for fun, compete among your peers" while the K1s and 
> PJ4s and
> EA8s rack up win after win when the only thing at stake is fleeting 
> bragging
> rights and an overpriced hunk of walnut. It is quite another to tell 
> people
> "Please pay to enter my contest, but know that you'll only win one of the
> radios if you're lucky enough to be geographically blessed."
> Without some kind of handicapping system to even out geographic 
> disparity, I
> suspect the response of most hams outside the blessed zones would be words
> unsuitable for a family venue such as CQ-contest. And I suspect the
> operators who did pay would, and perhaps should, be ignored by the rest of
> us.
> Now, if you had a sponsor and didn't have an entry fee, then I 
> wouldn't see
> this as any different from when the Bermuda QSO Party awarded a trip to
> Bermuda to the winner.
> 73, kelly
> ve4xt

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