[CQ-Contest] RAEM contest - THANK YOU

2bfrank at orcon.net.nz 2bfrank at orcon.net.nz
Mon Nov 7 01:06:59 EST 2016

I agree with Franki, this is a great little short duration interesting contest.

As the scoring system is based on distance between stations and exchange 
is unique, it's a stand-out and welcome change from most contests.

Propagation during the 12 hours is what you get, never going to be perfect 
for everyone, but some band or bands will always be open to somewhere at 
any particular time.

The only negative is that because the contest is held on the last Sunday in 
December, this year it will be Christmas Day, the usual family bbq in the sun 
might take precedence this year!

I'm also very pleased and grateful for the two RAEM plaques I've received, 
many thanks to sponsor RW0BG.

73, Frank ZL2BR/ZM2B

On 6 Nov 2016 at 21:18, Franki ON5ZO wrote:

I saw the RAEM contest being discussed here.

I'd like to thank the organizers and award sponsors for sending me not
one but two plaques for the 2015 edition: BeNeLux winner and z14
winner. A bit overkill perhaps, but I'm not 

RAEM is one of only two contests that I know of where you actually
have to copy something. The other is the QTC game (WAE CW) of course.
That's why I like RAEM. CQ WW is big, but 
what's to copy if you know many calls out of your head? Not the zone
anyway. DX and rate, but no CW challenge. The RAEM exchange is spicy
when sent fast enough. At least the first 
time you work a station. I never use friend.ini or what's it called?

Second major asset is the distance based scoring. When I finally work
that one ZL in the contest or a fluttery UA0 knee deep in the snow,
the DX adrenalin flows and the score gets 
a serious boost. So distance based score is fun and rewarding and
quite fair. Yet this is NOT a plea to fiddle with contest formats. Let
there be many flavors.

I admit that the start/end times are a bit odd for the US of A but
still there are the usual suspects around handing out many points for
each QSO. And that one sunrise QSO with 
Texas on 80 or the PY calling on 40 is a big fish when it comes to
points. Give it a try!

A few years ago I worked almost 180 (176? 178?) stations on 20m in one
hour, being 'fresh meat' late in the contest. With the complex
exchange and signing my call after every 
contact. Mostly Russians yes, but at that time it was my fastest CW
hour ever. Needless to say I have been doing this one almost every
time since then.

BTW: LotW and eQSL can't handle the RAEM callsign. Maybe they should
finally address that? Yes RAEM is actually a bonus station in the

Hope to be there this year too (Dec 25th?). RAEM contest is pure CW

Franki ON5ZO
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