Re: Open Up Contests - Reduce Membership Requirement
Matthew King - AK4MK
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I'm actually going to agree with Milt (and others) on this one. The 50 member requirement is there to keep the "I just want a membership number" crowd away. We want to have ACTIVE operators.
I don't see me budging on the member requirement, though I do think we could open the contests to all takers. It'll take some rearranging in the checker, so this year's St Patrick's Day contest will remain member's only, but we'll get it changed before next year.
Not sure if they'll get changed this year or not - we'll have to work with David and work within his schedule. As we all know, he has precious little time to put towards things these days, so we need to make our changes as small as possible.
We'll make changes as simple as we can to the rules so as not to really change the spirit of the contest. That'll probably be the approach taken on the other member's only contests as well.
We're really not having a growth problem. We had tremendous growth for a couple years, and it's leveling off a bit now, which is OK. I blame that solely on FT-8's prevalence within the digital community right now, and that's OK too. As the sunspots came back after a couple more years, we'll start having more and more contacts, so we should see more growth there.
I just now saw Sherri's email describing having to "work for" her 50 contacts. That's the EXACT sort of member we're after! As others have said as well, one can just about get 50 contacts with one of our contests (the open ones, that is) if one shows some perseverance.
Thanks for all the feedback, y'all!
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director
On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 8:23 PM, Milton Garb <n6mg@...> wrote: