13 Colonies Special Event - Fail! Rant ....

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by KE4OH, Jul 16, 2018.

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  1. KK3Q

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    Volunteer as a QSL manager for a special event and you'll soon see why many have changed to downloadable QSL cards and certificates instead of paper. Not only is it a lot of work but you wind up paying for the postage and envelopes for those who won't use an SASE. I did the Florida QSO Party for 3 years for their Spelling Bee, never again will I handle QSL duties by myself. I always appreciated QSL managers over the years and yet after sort of being one for that time I have great deal of more respect for them.
     
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  2. KE4OH

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    Yeah, I get it. It's a lot of work. So don't run a special event station if nobody want to do it. Making the QSO is only part of the deal. Logging the contact is another part. And sending out a nice QSL upon request is the final courtesy.

    I just don't have any reason to want to work a special event station if I don't get nice QSL.

    And just FYI, the OPs for the particular state (VA) in the 13 Colonies event who only provided a downloadable card (it isn't a QSL, because it doesn't confirm the QSO) probably spent all of 20 minutes putting together a very plain, generic offering. Very disappointed in the lack of effort.

    If all an OP or club wants to do is make a bunch of "yer 59 in Virginia, QSL?" contest-style QSOs, then why not just do contests? Otherwise, there is nothing special about the special event. I'm pretty sure I've logged Virginia before ...

    73, Steve KE4OH
     
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  3. KG4RUL

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    Steve,

    Would you like a snack with your glass of WHINE! YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS INVOLVED IN PUTTING ON A SPECIAL EVENT OF THIS SCALE!!!!! YES I AM SHOUTING! And YES, for five years, I was one of the SC stations, was QSL manager for SC and was webmaster for the event, so I do know about which I speak.

    I am sorry that your personal expectations were not met. Next year, don't participate and you will not be disappointed.
     
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  4. KE4OH

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    Thanks for that Dennis! I did alert that this would be a rant. Rant = whine. Or whinge for any UK readers we might have. And I also indicated that I will not be participating in the future. However, I do appreciate that the SC operators this year will still honor the tradition of providing a QSL upon request and SASE.

    73, Steve KE4OH
     
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  5. KY1K

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    I think you're missing the point that at the start of the event the profile still said send a sase. This change happened in the middle of the evemt! My expectations were that they would honor the SASE that I sent on the 3rd, as the online info claimed claimed at that time! I will not take part in this or any other dumb event in the future as this has shown me people can't be trusted.
     
  6. KG4RUL

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    You are STILL whining!!!!!
     
  7. KE4OH

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    Dennis,

    I think you are getting Jonathan (KL1T) confused with me (KE4OH). I'm the one who is STILL whining. Jonathan is only now just beginning to whine...

    73, Steve KE4OH
     
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  8. KY1K

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    Actually, I started whining in post #3...
     
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  9. ND6M

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    ERR, Steve, I really don't understand your statement.
    CLEARLY I said IF someone sends me a paper QSL, then I would reply. then you go off on some tangent about "But if you didn't, why in the world would I want to...blah, blah, blah".
     
  10. KE4OH

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    I didn't use paragraphs well, I guess. On the one hand, I'm gratefully acknowledging you personally for providing a QSL (upon request) for the special event you were involved it.

    Then my tangent entered the picture! It was not directed at you. I was describing a scenario where no proper QSL is available for for working a special event station. In which case, there is no incentive for me to work that special event.

    Hey, I said at the beginning that this was a rant!! That implies emotion and at least some level of nonsense...

    73, Steve KE4OH
     

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