[CQ-Contest] N4ZR asks: why do casual guys get on during the contest

Hans Brakob kzerohb at gmail.com
Thu Nov 19 22:49:56 EST 2020

Depends on who is “defining”.

In their own house, I’d say “having fun” and some part of “other” consider themselves casual.  Above that, I say everyone else views their effort as serious (at attaining their chosen goal).

I suspect that the 30% “serious competitors” view everyone below is casual.

73, de Hans, KØHB
“Just a Boy and his Radio”™
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Subject: [CQ-Contest] N4ZR asks: why do casual guys get on during the contest

Back in 2015, Randy K5ZD did a survey.  I didn't look up the link from back
then.  Maybe someone can find it.

Anyhow, one of the survey questions was basically, Why do you operate in
the contest.

Here were the replies.

Interest                        count    %
Serious competitor              1,560    30%
Part time trying for best score 1,604    31%
Chasing awards                    553    11%
Having fun giving points        1,234    24%
Other                             166     3%
Grand Total                     5,117   100%

I'd say that "chance to work new countries, zone, states..." would be in the
chasing awards category.  YMMV

I guess this leads to the next question, what is the definition of a casual

de Doug KR2Q
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