[VHFcontesting] ARRL VHF+ contest proposals: input invited

John K9IJ k9ij at vx5.com
Fri Feb 20 21:18:27 EST 2004

At 09:40 PM 2/20/2004 -0500, David Hinton wrote:
>You have to weigh the pro and con.  Extra points for 2.3G may encourage more
>participation on the higher bands but it would IMHO more discouraging to new
>entry level participants.  I believe it is more important to recruit more
>participants than it is to recruit existing participants to operate more
>bands.  Which is more important , one person operating 10 bands or 10 people
>operating one band?  I believe if we attract 10 new people to operate one
>band in a contest that a significant percentage will expand to working the
>higher as well as they experience the fun of contesting.

I totally disagree. You are making an assumption here that the new entry
level participant is going to start on many bands immediately and be 
immediately and if they're not they aren't going to be interested at all.

Based on that assumption, then we should eliminate all the bands except maybe
Six and Two because the beginning contester isn't going to likely be on 
220Mhz or
432/450 either.

The extra points for 2.3G and higher bands are there specifically to 
encourage more
participation on those bands. WE continue to 'need' to encourage 
participation on
those bands.

A MUCH better solution to encourage new participation and allow them to become
competitive sooner would be to add a 'limited single' category.

John - K9IJ

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "John Geiger" <johngeig at yahoo.com>
>To: "Mike Hasselbeck" <mph at swcp.com>; <VHFcontesting at contesting.com>
>Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 9:17 PM
>Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] ARRL VHF+ contest proposals: input invited
> > Well said Mike.  I can't see how the new point rules
> > encourage anyone to add more bands.  Since a 2.3G QSO
> > would count the same pointwise as a 6 meter QSO, I
> > would do better making a few WSJT skeds than I would
> > adding new bands.  Not exactly the way to encourage
> > activity on the higher frequencies.
> >
> > 73s John NE0P
> >
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