[AMRadio] CQ sweepstakes, CQ sweepstakes

Brett Gazdzinski Brett.Gazdzinski at verizon.net
Sun Nov 22 21:56:30 EST 2009

I heard many fine qso's on 80 today, in spite of the contest.

I have no use at all for contests but if lots of other people enjoy them, I 
can find something else to do and let them have their fun.

While I was listening, I noticed the contesters seemed to be polite and stay 
somewhat clear of the AM qso's, they have much tighter filters...
I also heard them ask if the frequency was in use and move off if someone 
said it was.
They did not move far off, but they did move.

It sure does not seem like a lot of fun to me, but there are plenty of 
people involved, so it must be fun for them.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Wilhite" <w5jo at brightok.net>
To: "AM Radio Discussion List" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2009 9:35 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] CQ sweepstakes, CQ sweepstakes

> Well the SSB crowd is all over the normal AM operating frequencies like
> fleas on a stray dog.  They seem to love to zero beat an AM carrier and
> call and call.   What toads are produced by the organization that
> sponsors sweepstakes.
> Never mind, around 8 PM I heard N0BF and old friend up in the mountains
> NW of Denver talking to another Steve, KL7OF out in Tum Tum, Washington.
> When they signed I called Colorado Steve and we visited a few minutes.
> It was good to talk to an old friend.  Then we signed and Steve in
> Washington called me.  I screwed down the crystal filter and we
> exchanged pleasantries for nearly 10 minutes.  I am looking forward to a
> time when the aflack crowd is not on the air running 5 KW to talk to
> someone in the next state to exchange signal reports.
> It is too bad that these people who just show up for contests are such
> tur**.  The band is in great condition and we should be working coast to
> coast regularly before long.
> Jim/W5JO
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