Is it just me or does anyone else think contesters are out of control

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by KE0CGB, Sep 27, 2015.

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  1. K5TRI

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    Bing is your friend for good search results :)

    I can complain about VHF and up contests all day long. There aren't enough of them and activity levels are way too low and not enough use of
    CW on 2m and 70cm ... oh wait that's the wrong kind of complaining, right? I knew it.

    Plus these weirdos on 6 & 2 always talk about their maid's head ... and how the grid is square ..

    Btw. I bet that if the haters hear that we all make lots of QSOs during a VHF contests all on the SAME frequency their heads will explode.

    Mike K5TRI
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  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page


    And yes, it really gets old the same old group EVERY TIME.... how about some new blood in the VHF contests? Even if the bands don't open... just to have some new folks to work would be nice! Especially on CW.

    And with the added bonus, contest HaterZ never seem to hate CW contests or VHF contests - only SSB and RTTY when it intrudes on JT modes :)

  3. KV3D

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    It's because they don't know CW. They're LIDS who just sit on one frequency with their VFO rusted and talk for hours about their knee and back pains as if anybody cares. And then when it's not in use and somebody else comes along to use it for something else, they QRM the new users of the frequency. Just look at that AF5TX vs. OE5T incident. It started because the 14.300 LID felt that his "emergency" frequency should be immune from use by anybody else.
  4. N1EN

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    Actually, I have heard a few complaints associated with the big CW contests (CQ WW does a very good job of filling open bands assuming even decent conditions), to the point of seeing calls for "contest free" segments on the contest-permitted bands. I'd chalk it up to someone being grumpy at having to use the VFO, or having a need to use a narrower filter (either onboard the receiver or between the ears) than at other times.

    And, of course, those complaints are NOTHING like those arising from phone or RTTY contests.

    I won't deny that some contesters could do a better job at remembering basic operating courtesy...but I wonder if those same bad habits occur at approximately the same rate in contesters vs. non-contesters (after accounting for contesters tolerating more tightly packed bands); perhaps it just seems worse because there is so much more activity on the bands.

    If so...the "crime" of contesting is perhaps just that bands actually get used.
  5. N5BO

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    I should of known better than to click on this thread....
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  6. K5TRI

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    Isn't it interesting that we contesters manage to make plenty of contacts on such crowded bands, operating for hours and hours, yet non-contesters can't find a clear spot? Btw. it's not that the lower portion of 40m was packet with CW QSOs during the weekend when in fact RTTY activity came as low as 7.030. I checked occasionally.
    Also, there was plenty JT65 activity as people seemed to stay away from 7.076.

    Durrn cuntestors ...
  7. KC9UDX

    KC9UDX Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Perhaps we can lobby government to mandate warning labels.
  8. W4SEX

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    Competition-no such thing as an equal one. Humans living with the Illusion of Superiority.
  9. N1EN

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    When I contest, I only really compete against myself, to see how well I can do, or to try to meet/surpass goals I set to amuse myself.

    Do I have an illusion of superiority over myself?
  10. K5TRI

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    Well, there will be a talk at the VHF Conference in two weeks on how to get more activity on the bands. I don't see your name on the list of
    participants :).

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