Re: Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests

Gary Hinson

You say it is “very important” to get more of the casual ops to enter, Jim, and that we “really need to teach logging”.  I’m not sure I agree with either assertion because they are both value judgements and context-dependent  Various things are “important”, not just getting casual ops to enter, and logging is just one of many capabilities required or desired.



Gary  ZL2iFB


From: ARRL-Contesting@... <ARRL-Contesting@...> On Behalf Of Jim Shepherd
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:49
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Subject: Re: [ARRL-Contesting] Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests


On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 08:09 AM, Tom Taormina wrote:

There is no such thing as a level playing field. We have proven that over the years in WRTC. There are many casual operators who have stumbled across a contest and given out Q’s as log fodder or to get a new state or country. You will seldom get them to turn in a log.


Instead of speculating about participation and log submission, someone needs to do a survey monkey to those who appear in other’s logs but did not submit their log.


Tom Taormina, K5RC



The Comstock Memorial Station, W7RN


 Tom K5RC has a good point.  Getting more of the casual operators to send in a log is very important.  There were several casual and even a couple of seasoned contesters instate that did not send in a log for the NVQSO even with a reminder email. These operators showed up in a bunch of out-of-state logs and a couple even put scores in 3830Scores. We really need to teach logging rather than worrying about tribanders and wires.
Jim W6US

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