[CQ-Contest] Are You Kidding Me??

Doug Renwick ve5ra at sasktel.net
Fri Nov 20 18:06:39 EST 2020

Great post as usual from you. Yes real contesting and DXCC have been in
decline. Glad to have been around in the 'good ole days' when there were
challenges. Now we need to be spoon fed.


Free Climbing - The ultimate test of strength and technique.

'Nuff said.  To the point.  +1.  Thanks Jim.

Ken K6MR

From: Jim Neiger<mailto:n6tj at sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2020 11:16
To: cq-contest at contesting.com<mailto:cq-contest at contesting.com>
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Are You Kidding Me??

My apologies for just trying to get up to speed on what's been done to
the CQ WPX Rules..  Are you kidding me?

If I understand the new rules, the ONLY way a 'serious single operator',
defined as someone who doesn't need anyone else's help to copy a call
sign,  can compete is to operate 24 of the 48 hours??  Are you kidding me??

I've enjoyed CQ WPX over the years, have had my share of World No. 1's
and No. 2's, and I've liked the fact that you actually have to copy
something, like the QSO number.  But a major dis-incentive has been that
you can only operate 36 hours of the 48.  Who wants to buy an airplane
ticket, endure the hours of travel, airport hassles ( trying to get my
Heil boom mike through Rome TSA last year was interesting) and now learn
I have to have my radio OFF for one half of the contest??  Are you
kidding me??

I'm only 81 years old.  I want to operate.  I can still do 46 or 47 of
the 48 hours. Forecasts for this new cycle are truly exciting.   Now
your telling me you can't even operate 36 of the 48??  Are you kidding me?

I feel so privileged to have spent my 65 years of contesting during the
Glory Years.  Even ARRL DX back in the 1960's, and earlier, was two
weekends per mode.  I was recalling the other day with fellow NCCC
friends, my 1969 ZD8Z ARRL DX  CW world record. Only a paltry 5700
QSO's, but privileged to operate 88 of the 96 hours.

A simple question for AA3B and others who have our radio contesting
futures in your hands, why bother even having the contest if you
continue to dumb it down by 1) restricting the operating time and 2)
diminishing everyone's skills by having someone else copy the call signs
for you??   Are you kidding me??

Very 73,

Jim Neiger   N6TJ

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