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Author Topic: The thrill of contesting?  (Read 10976 times)
N6AJR
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2013, 09:32:33 AM »

I am a modest contester.  I like to contest for several reasons. In any "world wide" contest you get a score and extra free DX at the same time. It also encourages you to improve your station, better antennas, better equipment, better technique , helping your club, and  most of all is the fact that I also am improving through practice.

Find you self a local contest club. ( I belong to the Northern California Contest Club.)  It has been around for more than 40 years, and its a strong club.Folks are willing to come over and help, they will mentor, and  the monthly meetings are interesting.   so there are a lot of reasons to do it, but mostly it is fun.
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2013, 10:44:52 AM »

About a thousand years ago, in about 2004, I read an article
entitled something like: CONTESTING, the SPORT of AMATEUR RADIO.
I do npt remember the author or where I read it, could have been
on the internet or in a magazine, doesn't really matter.

After I completed the read, my thought was WHAT a CROCK of HORSE HOCKEY.

Who would WANT to sit hours upon hours making quick
5-9 or 5-9-9 contacts one right after another just to try a make
a good score. I honestly believed the purpose of Amateur radio was
B-S ing to amateurs around the world and learing something
about them, their country and so forth.

I spent lots of time trying to ragchew and quickly learned that as a newbie
I was not welcome in many conversations. CERTAINLY not ALL, but SOME.

So,
I tried DABBLING in my first contest just for the hellofit.
That was the PA QSO Party in Oct 2005. Made a whopping 85 Q's.
When it was over, hey, that wasn't that bad, kinda fun.

Maybe I'll try another.

IT HAS BECOME as OBSESSION.

I do NOT have a FLAME-THROWER station, I do not have the stamina
to work a straight 48 hours in some of the bigger contests, but I do
what I can with what I got.

IT IS ADDICTIVE.

I compete with myself. I always check last years score in any given contest and see IF I can beat it.
The CQ WW WPX RTTY contest is this weekend.
Last years score was 629,024
That is the number to beat this year.

I haven't tried a ragchew since
about 2006. NOT my BAG.
I would have never believed that if you told me so in 2004.
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K5SPP
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2013, 10:40:54 AM »

How about those folks that try to start a ragchew with the contest station in the middle of a pileup?  You've heard them!

"I'm running a gagillion watts on an antenna that cost more than my house, and have been a ham since.... blah, blah, blah.  Oh yea, what's your call sign?  I just heard a pileup, and thought I'd join in."

Ugh.
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AJ4RW
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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2013, 07:31:09 PM »

[quoteIT IS ADDICTIVE][/quote]

Bill, you said a mouthfull there.  I always have a blast contesting.  I've expanded my contests now to where I walk on the treadmill and play in some of the digital contest, EPC and BARTG contest so far on the treadmill only.  CQ WPX RTTY this last weekend was from my desk though.  Bill, thanks for the QSO and the points!
Randy
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2013, 06:56:56 AM »

[quoteIT IS ADDICTIVE]

Bill, you said a mouthfull there.  I always have a blast contesting.  I've expanded my contests now to where I walk on the treadmill and play in some of the digital contest, EPC and BARTG contest so far on the treadmill only.  CQ WPX RTTY this last weekend was from my desk though.  Bill, thanks for the QSO and the points!
Randy
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Good to hear ya Randy.
I KNEW your call but didn't remember your name.
Funny how our identity becomes out calls, no names, just callsigns.

WPX was fun, I beat last years score and that is what matters most.

629,000+ last year, 730,296 for 2013.
About a 16% increase.

Getting ready for the start of the ARRL International DX-CW in a few hours.
Another 48 hours of mayhem !
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NQ3X
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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2013, 03:15:46 AM »

LIX, how many bands did we work you on from KP2M?  Five or six?  I can't remember, though I do remember seeing your call in the piles.

Bob WP2XX
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2013, 08:31:39 AM »

LIX, how many bands did we work you on from KP2M?  Five or six?  I can't remember, though I do remember seeing your call in the piles.

Bob WP2XX

Only 4, I never found yins on 80m.
and I don't have an antenna that works on 160.

Thanx for ther Q's
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N3QE
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2013, 11:36:31 AM »

IT HAS BECOME as OBSESSION.
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IT IS ADDICTIVE.

True, and then you layer in the remarkable combination of conditions we had in ARRL DX CW last weekend, and wow, it is a blast. It makes us come back for more, even when the propagation isn't so good, because you never know until you try!

There is a certain stick-tuitiveness that contesting can build up and enhance. Not blindly calling in the pileup for a single rare DX for hours like view DX'ing, but knowing that if you aren't having success you can probably come back later, and in the meantime you are likely to find lots of other good stuff to work.
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