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