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Recently the RDXC committee reclassified P3F to high power from low power without publicly providing strong evidence that any infraction had occurred. They concluded was that the contestant was running HP on 80/40m but not full-time, just 10 minutes here and there without any convincing evidence. It appears they used the RBN as their source of information. Should the RXDC contest have to publicly provide convincing evidence before reclassifying a station from LP to HP?

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If you operate single operator in the major DX contest (ARRL or CQ), how many hours do you put in? Is the number of hours less or more than a few years ago?
  Posted: Jul 01, 2004   (709 votes, 7 comments) by K3MD

Survey Results
20, less 31% (221)
20, more 14% (100)
30, less 13% (90)
30, more 12% (86)
40, less 5% (32)
40, more 11% (78)
maximum allowed, no change 14% (102)

Survey Comments
Wish the contest committees would consider a "24 hour" category in the major contests. That would allow people who are not interested in spending their whole weekend contesting to have a meaningful category in which to compete seriously without having to give up all weekend family time, church, and sanity.

Posted by N4CC on April 29, 2006

SO Contest Time
Health problems combined with age combined with the realization that there is more to life than contesting has decreased my operating time. Maybe if I live long enough to retire I'll find more time for radio stuff.


Posted by W0ETC on June 14, 2004

Summer contests are hard for me to spend much time in as, yard work, outdoor activities, travel etc., seem to take up a lot of time. Winter is much better for settling in with a cup of coffee in one hand and a set of paddles in the other! Unless you like to shovel snow that is... haha! I'll spend two to three times more operating hours in the winter than summer.

ve 73 de NS8O


Posted by NS8O on June 11, 2004

Stretched thin
As the majority of Ops are "doers", as I have gotten older I have volunteered my time to a number of organizations that conflict with contest weekends. Seems fewer people actually follow through with their volunteer commitment, thus leaving the balance of the volunteering to the "doer", thus reducing or eliminating my precious contest time. Just getting on at all is the best I can hope for. Chris KB3A

Posted by KB3A on June 6, 2004

SO Contest Time
Just bought a house on 1 acre following a divorce 5 years ago. Now I can have my station at home, but lots to do with the house and yard, reducing my contesting time, hopefully it's only temporary and can up my participation with better antennas, soon. On the other hand, Mark, AA6DX makes a strong point about meds. Well I'll still be in there as much as I can. Gerry - K8GT

Posted by K8GT on June 2, 2004

Hanging in there!
Problem is, if you end up taking meds when you get older, some just make you get tuckered out sooner than when you were in your healthy prime! Ahhhhh well. CQ Contest!

Posted by AA6DX on June 1, 2004

SO Contest Time
Now all out on their own..widowed for 20 QTH on 15 acres
Now, in spite of nagging relatives, I set contest weekends aside from most all other activities, therefore more time to concentrat on operating.
Next step is to get up something more than just an 80m dipole!!

Tom - W4BQF

Posted by w4bqf on May 31, 2004

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