Re: How about a "newbie" sprint?
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A lot of good comments and topics (this definitely starts to spread into a lot of different topics/issues)...
I think one of the high-level questions is should this even be more like a contest (exchange, scoring, etc) or more like an endorsement (like LONP where just which call worked matters, not specifically exchanged info; WARC ok; more competing against self).
Some various direct replies:
[Barry] "Someone suggested a month later that the checker apply bonus points to anyone that worked a station that
becomes a member. This would take the onus off us to record all that already known data and put the work onto David
as to how to do the bonus scoring."
That was me :)
[Jerry] "I think giving non-members 2 pts would not encourage them to join."
I think the suggestion was to give 070 members 2 pts for contacting a non-member station, under the assumption the
070 member would advertise to the non-member.
Brings up the question of whether or not non-members can submit for this. (against, "contest" vs "endorsement" style)
[Ted] "to illustrate how some of the 070 events are inconsistent, out of 9. Why? this is inconsistent."
The reason is easy -- they kinda of grew independently over time as the club grew, and i think they probably started
off more as events than "contests".
The hard question, and what Matt's mentioned under the "Contest 2.0" is what to change, and how to balance the
tradition/history/status-quo with change/improvements. As-is isn't bad at all, but of course we want to improve
where possible, too. This is in part why contest changes have been slow in the last year during my tenure. And we're stretching it out a little longer, with any potential major changes being in 2016 calendar year. The big 2014 change was the official move of all contest submissions to the scoring utility. So far in 2015 we've experimented with an alternative to the rolling start, and probably a couple other small tweaks (one upcoming in PSK flavors).
[Barry] "I was thinking more of a membership drive to commemorate the achievement rather than a "CONTEST"."
Yep, that's the big question!
[Ted] "One of the problems with this Club is that when there is some new thought put forward, the 'old hands' come
out and start throwing cold water on the new suggestions. I say bunk on that ! Despite that practice, the Club has
leaped ahead with tons of improvements and new ideas."
Thanks! :) We've tried to strike that balance...
[John] "I get tired of everything being a “contest.” "
Good input -- and maybe one of the contests should morph into more an event ... or the yearly membership drive idea ... Jerry's point about Field Day is also right on point. Even if all the 070 events are contest, there are many reason to participate in a full-fledged contest (070 events, ARRL, CQ, etc) -- nice density of stations to work, great DXCC/State/GridPFX/CQZ/etc opportunities (and LONP for 070 contest), testing out of equipment, etc.
On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 7:17 AM, 'John Etling' john@...  <070@...> wrote: