[CQ-Contest] RAEM contest - THANK YOU

Igor Sokolov ua9cdc at gmail.com
Mon Nov 7 16:34:52 EST 2016

I am sure as soon as there is more participation from the western 
hemisphere, they will make it 24 hours.
See "Catch 22"  by Joseph Heller :)

73, Igor UA9CDC

> Then why not making it a 24-hour event?
> Yuri
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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
> To: CQ-Contest Reflector
> 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
> http://www.on5zo.be/
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