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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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What best describes your operating habits outside of contests?
  Posted: Aug 04, 2000   (460 votes, 16 comments) by W4AN

Survey Results
I mostly never operate. 10% (46)
Some times get on to run a few. 16% (75)
I'll chase needed countries, but not often QRV. 28% (128)
I'm an active DXer, on every day. 32% (145)
I'm active, I enjoy rag chewing, but not really a DXer. 10% (45)
I spend my time above 28Mhz. 5% (21)

Survey Comments
favorite mode
I much prefer CW. I snare a lot more DX that way, given my indoor antenna, especially running QRP

Posted by k4jsi on August 18, 2000

Needs & Fun
I'm pretty active during non-contest time, I just have fun, because I haven't good equipment. But sometime I have a luck to make some "nice" QSOs for my awards. I combine my needs & fun.

Posted by LZ5AZ on August 18, 2000

No rig... no fun
I really would like to put everyday on the air OK8PPA, my czech call sign. The problem: I am a student and live at a student dormitory in Prague, so NO anthenas are allowed there of any kind... Can somebody invent the "invisible" anthena, please!

Carlos XQ2PPA

Posted by xq2ppa on August 16, 2000

No rig... no fun
I really would like to put everyday on the air OK8PPA, my czech call sign. The problem: I am a student and live at a student dormitory in Prague, so NO anthenas are allowed there of any kind... Can somebody invent the "invisible" anthena, please!

Posted by xq2ppa on August 16, 2000

Live in a antenna restricted area
I live in a Antenna restricted area which keeps me from putting up antennas up out side.
But i operate with what i have.

Posted by n0sze on August 14, 2000

Contest time!
In high school and college, I used to get on HF at night all the time - rag chewing with friends - most of them close by. Sometimes we'd slide down to 75M to snag some DX or fight with the pig farmers. I'd operate lots of contests and tune for DX now and then. As life got busier I stopped rag chewing and, like many of the others here, find that I cannot pursue radio with any passion if I play with it all the time. After ARRL DX, I unplug the equipment. When the leaves start turning and the days get short, I get excited about it again.

Posted by N2MG on August 14, 2000

Log Checker
When not contesting, I'm not qrv at all. I spend my "free" time checking contest logs, meeting with contesters, planning my next contest station improvement and hoping I won't be "too old" for the next sunspot cycle. I was qrv every day for decades...I'm past that now.

Posted by Anonymous on August 11, 2000

I'm not on every day, but almost, chasing DX, ragchewing, and or modifying the station and learning more about computers. I enjoy it all.

Posted by W6AQ on August 11, 2000

Get on the air!
I was a DXer before I was a contester, so I still at least listen almost every day. Working from my lesser equipped home station and breaking pileups, looking for weird band openings, etc., helps me when I guest operate from a big gun station for contests.

Posted by N6RT on August 8, 2000

I do it all!
I operate all the time. You did not have a catagory for me by excluding DXing from being a rag chewer, also. I enjoy the rag chews, chasing DX and contesting. Not sure if one has to one one or two of those to be good, but I don't think so.

Posted by K8JP on August 8, 2000

Nothing at home
Well, I don't use my rig at my home qth because of a lot of TVI. I have my station at our Summer house (my grandparents live there all around the year) and my rig is in a little 4kvm radio shack that I built last summer. It is like 20km to the summer house and I don't have a driver license (I'm 18 years old and don't have time to take it right now)....that's I'm not that often QRV but it is worth it. I can go out there and contest with a pretty nice setup and now when I get the new tower up with a triband's going to rock big time :)

Posted by sm3w on August 7, 2000

I seem to only get on the radio close to contests, to check out changes made to the station and make sure everything is still working. It's fun to bust pile-ups and experience the magic of wireless, but there's nothing as great on the radio as operating contests.

Posted by k2ua on August 5, 2000

I'll chase needed countries, but not often QRV
Being not always QRV (for qrl or other) is not helpful for having a good shape with earphone, but then gives you more and more desire to log one contact after the other during contests

Posted by IC8WIC on August 5, 2000

just a little gun
From my home QTH Im only able to be qrv with low power and small antennas and I only look around the bands, work some stns. But not very often, because of less time (QRL). For contesting I have to ask some friends to work at there station!I like it more to give my best in 24/48h of contesting, then stay a lot of time on the bands without any contest.See you in the contests !!

Posted by DK3DM on August 5, 2000

Melt Solder!
Some of us spend more time with a soldering iron in hand than a
hand key. But then, this probably says something about the high
ambiant noise around my shack these days.(:?!)

Posted by Anonymous on August 4, 2000

Burn out
I can't put forth the intensity needed for a contest and be on the air all of the time. I get the competitive juices out of me during the contest, so chasing DX doesn't seem that interesting.

Posted by W4AN on August 4, 2000

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