Re: Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests


Gary Hinson
 

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So that brings yet another factor into the mix: entrants/participants’ individual attitudes, plus their personal goals or objectives.  League tables are particularly good at that since we can see ourselves and compete in relation to our peers at any level in the table – especially if the table contains, or we can obtain by other means, information about our peers.

 

Satisfy participant’s goals and maybe you’ll get them to participate and perhaps enter more … assuming, that increasing participation or entries is one of YOUR and/or OUR goals or objectives.

 

73

Gary  ZL2iFB

 

PS  “Our hobby allows Indy cars to pinewood derby cars in the same event.“  Classic!  Love it!  I’m using a Fred Flintstone special down here.

 

From: ARRL-Contesting@... <ARRL-Contesting@...> On Behalf Of larryb.w1dyj via groups.arrl.org
Sent: 12 January 2021 16:54
To: ARRL-Contesting@...
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Contesting] Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests

 

Hi Stan,

 

I’m a little pistol, low power contester.  I compete (casually) in 25 to 30 contests/year.  I am also a member of the YCCC where I am usually in the bottom 10% of the scores.  It does not bother me as I am always competing to beat myself by doing exactly what you suggest:

 

Practice, develop and enhance operating and logging skills, accuracy, QSO rate etc (=decrease error rates, NILs etc.)

 

And you didn’t mention improving antennas and other hardware.  It does not matter to me whom I’m competing against – and I have a number of #1s in whatever small niche I am in – I’m in it for the fun and personal improvement. 

 

Peace & 73 – Larry – W1DYJ

 

 

 

From: Stan K4SBZ

Sent: Monday, January 11, 2021 22:19

Subject: Re: [ARRL-Contesting] Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests

 

Larry,

 

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Practice, develop and enhance operating and logging skills, accuracy, QSO rate etc (=decrease error rates, NILs etc.)

 

This is true in a mythical environment. But when contesters are forced to compete in an arena where they have little chance of even approaching the scores of their more powerful competitors, then they will loose interest in the activity. How does that meet the purpose of the title of this thread?  ....

Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests

Wouldn't it be wise to create mini-contests in the giant contest? Ones where someone who has "practiced and enhanced his/her skills" can, maybe not win, but at least put up a respectable score in relation to the leaders.

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Stan, K4SBZ

 

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