[OhQP-mail] 160m in the Ohio QSO Party

Steve Lewis n8tfd at one.net
Mon Aug 31 18:53:10 EDT 2009

Go for it.  Just because I don't have 1.2GHz-and-up gear doesn't mean 
I'm at all opposed to use of it during the various ARRL VHF/UHF contests.

Contesting as a challenge is much more interesting than contesting as 
shooting-fish-in-a-barrel.  So what if it's more difficult?  Isn't that 
the point?  I've made 160m mobile contacts (admittedly not many), even 
in the late spring, so it can probably be done in the late summer...

You will increase interest for the "topbanders", and previous 
enthusiasts should not LOSE interest in the event just because 160 is there.

I agree that the number one goal should be to increase activity among 
clubs and individual stations (includes reaching out to those darn 
non-contesters...the "Ohio State Parks on The Air" has sure done that). 
  But I heard a marked increase in such activity this year, so maybe 
that goal is met (or close).

To be blunt, it seems to me that most people opposed to this would be 
actually trying to keep the sandbox smaller.  But what will bore people 
is a few people dominating the contest every year...time to do things to 
create at least the perception that other people are allowed to play.

I do agree with K9NW's comment that ANY decision made should not be in 
response to some anomaly...that notion should always apply.


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