And I thought that came from Rodney Dangerfield, but it does sound like Groucho. Guys, SKCC tries to encourage operators to stay busy all month on the air, not just one or two sprints. They have several different things to do with 'fun' awards for completing some particular goal. SKCC isn't alone in this. Most organizations have little certificates, etc. One station a month is enlisted to transmit 'at his discretion' calling CQ SKCC in order to provide a station for new members to contact , or old members to just add a monthly contact. Others do so, simply to make a few quick, or not so quick contacts with folks they have worked many times. Personally I see little difference in doing a 'SKCC CQ' in their band of frequencies or calling on the 27's expecting members of that fraternity. Or 28's. It's all good. I am disappointed that anyone would be rough treated for answering a CQ SKCC not having a number. When a nonmember calls me during a sprint, I try to briefly let the other know what's happening and invite them to join. More than once I've totally blown a sprint, by ending up in rag chew with a non member and was glad to do so. SKCC is the reason, I bought a bug. It's the reason, I learned the cootie. In fact, I relicensed and used a Bencher iambic before I ever joined SKCC and it's the reason, I bought a straight key. Now, I rarely pull out a paddle. Any op can have a bad day, but from what I've seen of the SKCC ops, most are pretty good Joe's. What you will see there are ops trying to use keys new to them and sometimes that's a little rough. Been there. If you can't stand the fist, you could always just keep spinning the dial. No biggie. 73, yall.