Re: Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests
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In those two emails alone, I spot nine or ten explicit or implied contest objectives:
I think we’ve mentioned various contests, categories or overlays that address all of those already.
Are you perhaps hinting at a further objective to cater for all those (and more) in one event? That would be a Challenge [pun intended!].
So far on this thread, we’ve seen several inputs along the line of “I only have a basic setup, so I can’t compete against the big guns. It’s SO unfair! I’d like a category or contest specifically for those of us with basic setups which I define as [barefoot, wires, whatever] …” implying “… so that I can win for once!” While I understand that perspective, it tends towards the ‘politically correct’ philosophy that there should be no winners, no losers, only participants or players … which, to me, misses the key point of contesting. The competitive aspect – WIN OR LOSE – is the source of a lot of fun. It’s not ALL about winning, although that is the obvious target. Someone touched on it in the sense of entering contests “to do better than I ever have before” – the idea that we are competing with ourselves as much as those big guns.
From: ARRL-Contesting@... <ARRL-Contesting@...> On Behalf Of Ken K6MR
Sent: 11 January 2021 11:58
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Contesting] Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests
Seems this topic comes up every year. If this is what you really want, then let’s just adopt a system similar to that described in “Harrison Bergeron” by Vonnegut. Everyone is equal. Full Stop.
Lots of great back and forth re: 100 watts and a wire. We may have gotten a bit off topic but my point in raising the question about more 100 watt contests was to encourage those of us running barefoot with a wire to participate. I know from experience that it can be frustrating to be in a pile up and not being heard for a very long time. I stick with it though. I don’t score well but I have fun. Perhaps if we leveled the playing field a bit we may get more casual contest participants. Who knows, it may whet their appetite to try other contests.