Charlie Trice, K8IJ <k8ij@...>
I stole the following from Contesting.com - enjoy!
CONTESTIATA (adapted by K3FT - 22 May 2002)
"Go placidly amid the QRN and the QRM, and remember what peace there may be
in S&P'ing. As far as possible, without surrendering your frequency, be on
good terms with all stations. Speak/send your exchange clearly, and listen
carefully to the response, even to the casual and non-contester types for
they, too, have point value!. Avoid loud and aggressive stations, they are
not worth the cost in rate to fight them. If you compare your Q-total
mid-contest with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there
will be greater and lesser-reported Q-totals than yours. Enjoy your
achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own station,
however humble; it is a real possession in helping the Club aggregate score.
Exercise caution in playing with new software BEFORE the contest for
untested software is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what
virtue there is in new software; many stations have used new software; and
everywhere there are useful upgrades. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign
pleasure over a new multiplier. Neither be cynical about propagation; for in
the face of all plans; propagation is as predictable as the wind. Take
kindly the counsel of the contest sponsors, gracefully surrendering to their
requirements for log submittals. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in
sudden attacks of Murphy. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness of being on a band and calling
constant CQ's without answers. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with
yourself. You are a contester and licensed operator; no less than the others
who don't contest on the bands; you have a right to be there. And whether or
not it is clear to you, no doubt the fortunes of contesting will change, as
they should. Therefore be at peace with Murphy, whatever you conceive him to
be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the QRM and confusion of
the contest, keep an accurate and honest log. With all its QRM, QRN, and
visits by Murphy, it is still fun. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Remember
the cry 'WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!!"