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The 2006 CQ WPX SSB contest is over and the results for 2005 have not been made public on the Web. When a sponsor does not make the line scores of a contest publicly available on the Web before the next running of the event I feel
  Posted: May 01, 2006   (273 votes, 16 comments) by VE5ZX

  pleased
  okay
  neutral
  unhappy
  annoyed
  I don't care
    (273 votes, 16 comments)
Survey Results
pleased 1% (4)
okay 2% (6)
neutral 8% (23)
unhappy 21% (58)
annoyed 56% (154)
I don't care 10% (28)

Survey Comments
CQ Contest Results
CQ is my favorite magazine. (I like it better than QST...but I still support the League.) It is laughable that people spend thousands of dollars on radio equipment and antennas -- sometimes huge investments -- and then grouse about paying a couple bucks for a magazine to see the results. Get some perspective. Support the hobby.

Posted by N4CC on April 26, 2006

CQ Contest Results
I just renewed and it took only a few days for the check to be cashed..... no problems there.....

Posted by K3GW on April 22, 2006

What do they support
"Its a good read and supports contesting in general."

Yes, but it doesn't support any sort of licensing standards. Almost every issue calls for the removal of the CW requirement, and says we need to make the written test easier, because the Technician test is just too difficult. At the same time, they will ususally have an article or picture of some 7 year old who just passed the extra-so how hard can the written test be?

I am probably in a minority here, but I don't want everyone to become a ham. I want the licensing standards maintained (actually increased from what they are now, but that won't happen) so that an amateur radio license actually means something.

I finally cancelled my CQ subscription I was tired of reading these editorals and being called names in them because I didn't want things dumbed down any further. Too bad because overall it is a more interesting magazine than QST.

73s John NE0P

Posted by ne0p on April 21, 2006

NO COMPLAINT
I receive the 2004 and 2005 certificates the week previos the contest, the results appears in the magazine as always, there is the reason to promote the magazine , at the moment you can't get all you want just paying the internet bill, maybe need a suscription , ARRL have the members only areas, CQ sell magazines and the Certificates are handled by volunteers not by hired people.
Hector XE2K

Posted by XE2K on April 16, 2006

The only consideration is we are talking CQ magazine. CQ is notorious for the games it has played over many many years. The last contest winning certificate I received was ''''3''' years late. Lower all your expectations when it comes to CQ magazine then you will be less upset.

Posted by N7MAL

Now talk about taking the words right out of someones mouth.

We are dealing with CQ They can't even get the certificates out on time never mind letting anyone see the results without having to buy their sub par Magazine. I do subcribe but only to get the results.

Maybe they need to work on increasing the quality of the Magazine. Instead on getting revenue by selling the results of the contests.

I had the chance to express this to them at Dayton 2 years ago. I would have better luck and more fun trying to work my way down the Isle infront of the HRO & AES booths.

So you can imagine how that converstion went.

John N5ER

Posted by N5ER on April 14, 2006

Buying The Magazine
Subscribing and buying is one thing, getting it is something else, as with the awards.
None of the German subscribers has received any CQ magazine of this year

73
Peter, DF3KV

Posted by DF3KV on April 7, 2006

K8GU wrote:
"I don't see the problem. If you want the results, buy the magazine; support the hobby. By the way, I'm not a CQ subscriber. But, if the results are that important to you, maybe you should be one."

Took the words right out of my mouth...

Scott W4PA

Posted by W4PA on April 6, 2006

WPX Results
I have been a CQ Magazine subscriber for a very long time and I am happy to see that they list all of the contest participants in their articles. The magazine articles and results for the 2005 WPX Phone and CW contests are also available online at: http://home.woh.rr.com/wpx/results.htm .

John KK9A / P40A

Posted by kk9a on April 5, 2006

I buy CQ Magazine every month. I enjoy it immensely. I got the results when they were published.

Whether or not it is "a good read and supports contesting in general" is immaterial (though true). For some, having to pay for results data is a matter of principle.

ARRL published their 2005 contest results on their website. JARL did the same. In fact, every contest sponsor website I visited a few minutes ago had last year's results up there. ARRL has November Sweepstakes up already.

I don't have to buy QST to get ARRL results well before the next contest. Hell, I don't even have to join the League. Given that, is it any wonder that some people are upset? Even if it's not intentional, CQ is essentially saying, "If you want to look at last year's results, you have to buy CQ."

You must buy it whether you're just curious or using the data as an operating strategy. One can almost hear them snickering on the way to the bank. (And no, I'm not a paranoid conspiracy theorist! :D )

As for me, well, yeah it's annoying to have to buy the bloody thing when every other contest sponsor - including at least one that also sells the results - gives the info away on the Web. But that's capitalism, baby; like it or lump it. :D

Posted by N3OYA on April 5, 2006

Why?
I don't see the problem. If you want the results, buy the magazine; support the hobby. By the way, I'm not a CQ subscriber. But, if the results are that important to you, maybe you should be one.

Posted by K8GU on April 4, 2006

Phone contests
I would like to see the rules containing
some words on observing bandplans on 40 m and a penalty for those who dont give a damn !
The present anarchy gives Contests a bad name, IMHO

73 rag LA5HE

Posted by la5he on April 4, 2006

My Apologies
The question should have been worded ".. the line scores of a contest publicly available on the Web ...". A correction to the question has been made

Posted by VE5ZX on April 3, 2006

cq magazine
The only consideration is we are talking CQ magazine. CQ is notorious for the games it has played over many many years. The last contest winning certificate I received was ''''3''' years late. Lower all your expectations when it comes to CQ magazine then you will be less upset.

Posted by N7MAL on April 3, 2006

Poor Question
Results are out in CQ. Even in the wilds of the antipodes we know that! I think my political brain tells me this is "push polling" leave that to the Repdems!CQ magazine is neither expensive nor difficult to buy even in DX.

VK7GN

Posted by vk7gn on April 3, 2006

Slanted question
This is a bogus question. I've had the results in hand for several months now for each event. The results have been out there "in public" for to those who are CQ subscribers (I am one) or those who may find the magazine on the shelf of a local ham store or news stand.

Small detail the questioner chose to ignore, it seems. I don't think you can equate "made public" with "I want 'em for free."

Posted by K9NW on April 3, 2006

Buy The Magazine
I received my CQ WW WPX SSB results before the contest by reading the magazine. Stop complaining and buy the magazine. Its a good read and supports contesting in general.

Ed N1UR/NV1N

Posted by N1UR on April 3, 2006

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