[CQ-Contest] Makrothen - An Exercise In Frustration

Stanley Zawrotny k4sbz.stan at gmail.com
Sun Oct 13 17:47:39 EDT 2019


I agree with you.

I think the problem is that too many contesters only participate in the big ones: ARRL, CQ and NAQP. There’s a lot of fun in the minor contests — mostly non-US DX contests — and they help polish our skills.

I just gave a presentation at the Florida ARRL Convention at the Melbourne Hamfest titled “How to Develop a Contester Motivation Program from Scratch” that features the Florida Contest Group’s new Frequent Contester Program. Members are encouraged to participate in all levels of contests. In operation only since the first of June, it has already boosted the FCG membership participation by 70 percent.

Stan, K4SBZ

"Real radio bounces off the sky."

> On Oct 13, 2019, at 9:36 AM, Jim Brown <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com> wrote:
> Like the Stew Perry, the Makrothen is a great idea that lacks critical mass, thanks to failure of its sponsor to promote it. 15 QSOs per hour from a very good station doesn't cut it!  I took a nap and got up at 1:30 am to work JAs, and they were all working Oceania DX. I made 12 QSOs in 90 minutes.
> There was a saying among the great vaudeville comedians that when they showed up to perform at a venue and the audience was thin that "the must have snuck into town," meaning that the promoter who had hired them had failed to advertise (promote) the event. This is a large part of the problem with Makrothen. The failure extends to clubs like NCCC, of which I am a member.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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