I still find it frustrating that for a lot of contests that the best I can do is turn off the rig and do something else because of something I can't control. I know that my skills are equal to or better than at least some of these stations ant the same holds true for my station; but I'm denied the opportunity to compete becaus of something I can't control. Does that = Success? No! To me it means 51 wasted years of time taken to develope those skills, of money and time invested in building a station. Maybe my GF is right and Amateur Radio is a stupid hobby. I am trying very hard to not believe this but my hope is waning.