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

N1MM tfwagner at snet.net
Fri Jun 5 19:02:45 EDT 2015

If one wanted such a thing to succeed, one would have to address your 

One way would be to make most of the top prizes have a "raffle" 
component.  Something like "if you are the 500th contact of the #1 
station, you win a prize" or if you are the 400th contact of the #2 
station, you win a prize. It would probably be even better to make the # 
of the contact that you would need to be random, so that contenders 
could not hold back QSO #400 & #500 for their buddies.

This approach has the advantage of giving greater weight in winning to 
those that make more contacts, but not to the elimination of the 
possibility of winning with one QSO.   Greater weight would mean more Qs 
would be made in total, since participants would have an incentive to 
maximize their QSO totals.

Tom - N1MM

On 6/5/2015 12:01 PM, Tom Osborne wrote:
> 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
> Tom W7WHY
>> 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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