[CQ-Contest] RAEM contest - THANK YOU

Yuri ve3dz at rigexpert.net
Mon Nov 7 10:16:11 EST 2016

Then why not making it a 24-hour event?


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From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of 2bfrank at orcon.net.nz
Sent: Monday, November 7, 2016 1:07 AM
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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] RAEM contest - THANK YOU

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 complaining.

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 contest.

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

Franki ON5ZO

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