[VHFcontesting] 2016 ARRL UHF Contest Cancelled

Tom Holmes tholmes at woh.rr.com
Fri Mar 11 11:03:16 EST 2016

I have to assume that the folks on these committees are people who care
about our unique form of contesting and arrived at their decision based on
careful thought. 

The above is NOT meant to be sarcastic, so please do not take it that way.

I am disappointed in this as well, and wonder what facts and inputs guided
them. I hope that there will be a more detailed explanation available to us
soon. Until then, any comments about what was decided are really just
meaningless speculation.

Tom Holmes, N8ZM

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Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 10:30 AM
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Cc: James Duffey <jamesduffey at comcast.net>
Subject: [VHFcontesting] 2016 ARRL UHF Contest Cancelled

This has just been posted on the ARRL site:

< http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-2016-august-uhf-contest-cancelled >

I have promised to myself to try not to make cynical and snarky comments on
this list, but this cancellation of the UHF contest is really trying that

I will be the first to admit that the UHF contest has big problems, I once
went out as a rover and made zero contacts in the whole contest, but if lack
of activity is a problem, one sure way of making sure that activity
decreases, not increases, is to cancel the contest. Then no one can
participate and there will be no activity, the exact opposite of what is

It will be hard to put the contest on hold and then restart it again with
reasonable activity. There is a large risk that interest will be lost
entirely if there is no contest and that the people who had marginal
interest will lose interest in UHF contesting entirely. 

I wonder how many people who provided input to the ARRL VHF Contest
Revitalization Committee suggested that the contest be cancelled until
better alternatives could be found? I wonder how many people would have
answered yes to a question like "With activity in the UHF Contest hovering
between 150 and 250, do you think the contest should be cancelled?" Even a
contest with low participation is better than no contest at all. - Duffey
James Duffey
Cedar Crest NM

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