How I hated contest weekends.... with a Bloody Passion....

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by BTPost, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Oh well, we can kiss the Ham Bands off this weekend.... The idiots have descended, and it is wall to wall "contesters"... If there is ONE thing I hate about Ham Radio is "Contesters" They would cut their mothers throat, for just one more contact.... Rude, self-centered and borish.... just like a bunch of spoiled Brats, measuring their "Manhood"..... to see who is the "Biggest Mouth" on the air...... Oh well.....
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  2. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I avoid contests and contesters also. Listening to Radio Greece play music on 9420.
  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Was just up in 18.13 Mhz and seeing what I could hear.... Nice interesting Band... but Not interested in talking to those Yahoos....
  4. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I've been listening to 5.95 to 6.140. ;)
  5. Idahoser

    Idahoser Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I think contesting is prohibited on some bands isn't it?
  6. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay

    What is the whole concept behind contesting? Seeing how many listeners you get?
  7. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Nope... Se how many contacts you can make in the allotted time... Makes for massive Noise, and little else... for that weekend.... When I was a kid, the FCC used to drive around in their trucks, on Contest Weekends, and bust guys for using more than Legal Power. It was good practice for them, in DF and Ident work. Back in that day, the FCC was ALL Engineers, not the Pansies they employ today. Well some are still Engineers, but many are non-Tech Employees. (Public Relations Specialists = Pansies) YMMV....
  8. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe


    Easiest way to get DXCC in a weekend tho.
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  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

  10. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Hate to break your Nostalgic Bubble, Chell, but Nobody has used cluncky old gear like that, in 4 decades.....
  11. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Ah...the good old days.....

    Ah...but them's was the good ol' days, when it took half an hour to warm up the valves before the radio was in a fit state to receive or transmit...the days when morse code was a necessary part of a signaller's training, ah...yes, the correspondence lessons from the Marconi School of Radio Telegraphy, yes, I remember them...and don't miss them a bit! lol
  12. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    My wife cooked my Ham radio... now what do I do?
  13. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Must be Dinner Time.... My suggestion would be to "Eat It" with a Smile, and you just might got lucky....
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  14. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    That is a heck of a question with more than a few answers.

    DX contests where you work a lot of foreign contacts. County contests where confirming US counties for as points. Even EME or earth moon earth contests. There are lots of contests; IMO (and obviously Bruce's also ;) ) too many contests..

    Field Day is a contest where Hams link up with other Hams to practice establishing communications in an emergency.
    Points are awarded for each contact. It is an incentive points system where the "tougher" you make it; the more points you get. :D

    So same as any any general rule there are some exceptions to the rule all contests clog the bands.
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  15. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Field Day is one time where I do spend some time making "Contacts" for folks looking for Emergency Powered Stations. I feel that this is one "Exception" to my "I hate contest weekends" Rule.... that I can make, simply to encourage Hams to be Prep'ed, for Emergency, and Bush Comms..... ..... YMMV....
  16. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Figured you'd agree.. ;)

    FD on 40 or 80 is a reminder how many Hams there are in the US and how easily we can communicate cross country.
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