Why Do You Contest?

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by K9AT, Nov 17, 2014.

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  1. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sorry you feel that way, but there is lot's of space and time when there are no contests. Even this weekend, the CW/digital were largely free, and the WARC bands were busy.

    Just curious, what do you like to do on HF?

  2. N2EY

    N2EY XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Here's why I contest:

    1) Contesting is fun. It really is.

    2) Contesting helps improve and maintain my operating skills.

    3) Contesting tests my station, revealing the strong and weak points.

    4) Contesting helps increase the QSO count for awards. (Worked All States in a weekend!)

    5) Contesting satisfies the competitive drive.

    6) Contesting lets me do things with a modest station that are truly amazing.
  3. KB9UWU

    KB9UWU Ham Member QRZ Page

    you should go write a book, then you wouldnt be QRMing the forums.
  4. W4JFA

    W4JFA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes there is, I think it's part of the aches and pains nets!
  5. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    The NCS is a guy named "Thor". :p
  6. WA8UEG

    WA8UEG XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Do you have the details for that net, I'm not a net person but would have a lot to contribute.:p
  7. N8MSA

    N8MSA Ham Member QRZ Page

    No-one is asking you to "like" contesting...what the issue is that something isn't bad just because you don't like it. I don't like a lot of what I hear on the air, but I just shrug and move on. Yeah...nets and roundtables get nudged during contest, but it's still a fraction of the overall operating time available and there is always room for a QSO. Everybody needs to be flexible - including you, despite your background. Everyone has challenges, but going postal about hobby radio isn't going make life better for anyone - including you.
  8. W7UUU

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

    Very well said. And to the OP - no hard feelings but you need to know that without almost any exception, right
    after any major PHONE contest "this very thread" appears by someone just wanting to kvetch about how THEY hate contests
    without any regard to the THOUSANDS who actually enjoy them. There are only a few MAJOR phone contests a year.

    Are you on the air NOW? It's quiet on most every band.... and yesterday - and tomorrow - and next weekend. And
    I've yet to read a thread about CW contests - only ever SSB. So why not try out a new mode? JT65 - JT9 - PSK - CW....
    hit the WARC bands - try EME (except for the weekends when the EME contest is going on :rolleyes:)

    The point is exactly as MSA pointed out and per my signature line "It's not all about YOU" :D:D

    Sorry if I ruffle feathers but these endless contest hate threads really get OLD.

  9. KQ0J

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    I check into a Morning net on 75M SSB every morning, sometimes the noon net or the 1:00PM 40M net. I run a weekly 6 meter net, there are 3 2M FM nets and 1 440 FM net that I regularly check in to . Never had contesters mess us up. On the 20M net I sometimes check in to - we skip it the one or 2 SSB contest days not a biggie. One net also meets on Echolink - contesters Never go there, maybe thats a thought for the poster.

    Anyhow - I like to play with the contests too - SSB, Digital, RTTY and even CW. I rarely send in logs. The only ones I have formally entered in the last few years were CQ RTTY and Field Day.
  10. WA6MHZ

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    Don't think I will send in a log for my SWEEPSTAKES Contest last weekend. I got ONE CONTACT which would guarantee me LAST PLACE in the contest!!
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