Re: Grid chase 2022


Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
 

Ria, et al,
It's sad that folks will robotically "operate" by vacuuming the band.  Quite a difference from one by one FT8 contacts. 

I agree that POTA, SOTA, IOTA, LHOTA, etc. are fun activities to get folks on the air.  With awards or not, they are fun!  I can't tell you the number of SOTA contacts that I've made from folks operating from the Blue Ridge of Virginia as we've travelled back and forth between FL and NJ.  Even my wife Nancy, N2FWI has had fun on 146.52/55/58 with SOTA when she was driving in her truck without me! 
Neither one of us seeks awards for these contacts, but that doesn't mean that the contacts don't have value for us or for those activating the summits. 

As far as a leader board goes, my honor is worth more than cheating would ever bring.  If I got beaten by a cheater, that would be sad, but when I have been high or led a leaderboard, I viewed it as a personal  best and sought out a new challenge to my knowledge and skills.   For example, I started to sort out how to prioritize stations on FT8 when two, three or four stations called me at the same time.  Multiplier needs, propagation, signal strength, etc. all enter into your manual choices and tactics.  This is a relatively experience since I got a legal limit LDMOS amplifier going in the new shack.  :-)

I have a current LOTW certificate, but have been somewhat unmotivated to go through all the handwaving to get it done.  Because it would help others, I'll probably get it done soon.  My many ham radio, scouting, professional and patent plaques and certificates, aren't up on the walls, suggesting that the need for self-affirmation is pretty low here, so LOTW isn't going to be driven by leaderboards or similar ego building exercises.  I will say that leaderboards can help one assess how well a station and operator can communicate.
73,
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
201.314.6964
W2ttt@...


From: ARRL-Awards@... <ARRL-Awards@...> on behalf of Ria, N2RJ <rjairam@...>
Sent: Friday, November 26, 2021 1:49:36 PM
To: ARRL-Awards@... <ARRL-Awards@...>
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Awards] Grid chase 2022
 
Don't take this as an official anything, but there are a few things to consider.

LoTW has some serious underlying problems which makes adding
additional awards/events problematic. There are two schools of
thought, one is fixing it bit by bit and another is scrapping and
completely redoing it. I am a fan of the latter rather than the former
but I don't make the final decision on that.

I personally thought that Grid Chase became a giant FT8 robot war, and
thus diminished its appeal for me. Yes, there were stations operating
24/7 robots despite them denying that they did so. If you are going to
disagree with me on this, do it without attacking me please.

There have been events in the past that relied upon the honor system,
no confirmations required etc. But that meant that instant
gratification for standings and certs were not there.

As for HQ having the resources to do this, I am not sure. There are
quite a few vacancies that need to be filled and ARRL is in a state of
transition right now. One of those vacancies is an IT director since
the last director retired.

But I want to know, why specifically Grid Chase? It seemed to be the
less popular of the events, compared to centennial and NPOTA. Also
consider that NPOTA sort of lives on in the form of the POTA program
which is its own independent entity and program but bears some
similarities to NPOTA. POTA is extremely popular with many. The
upcoming ARRL learning center will have courses on how to do POTA and
SOTA. They are actually quite good.

Ria
N2RJ

On Fri, Nov 26, 2021 at 12:14 AM Gary Hinson <Gary@...> wrote:
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> Any chance of reinstating the grid chase next year?
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> Despite being popular when first run, it was dropped like a hot coal at the end of the year, for some reason.
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> Personally, I’m not fussed about actual awards, certificates, plaques (wooden or Perspex), trophies, medallions, fancy COVID masks or whatever.  For me, the fun is in the chase, the league table, friendly competition against my peers (meaning other ZLs chasing HF DX … or any other peer group one cares to identify with).
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> How about it, ARRL?
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> Anyone else interested, beside me?
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> 73
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> Gary  ZL2iFB
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