[A Call to Action] Limited Antennas Proposal, ARRL. HOA or small lot? That's you.
Limited Antennas Proposed to ARRL
Good News Alert! - You'll want to read this
Recently, N1EK prepared a proposal and submitted it to the various ARRL and Contesting committees. His Amateur Radio Club (ARC) actively discussed the various aspects of fairness and differences in terrain, antennas used, and the available categories of competition. You know, the current pages of results we find in CQ and QST magazines, in the various annual events held On the Air.
Using input from his Club discussions, N1EK decided to take action and drafted what looks to be the start of a very interesting Proposal to the contesting committees at large, a "Proposal for Limited Antenna Acknowledgment in Contests" dated 6/30/22. (Click the link to download the PDF from this website)
As many of us enjoy in addition to other aspects, the competitive nature, or Radio Sporting of Ham Radio, we are aware that the current categories are not designed for the current majority, or so it seems.
The spirit of this new proposal is a 599+ signal transmitting from the majority which simply wish to revise the playing field to include this majority to play (and compete) more fairly, maybe even for recognition. So that the HOA radio operator, small urban, or suburban QTH using a Flagpole Antenna or a single wire (limited antenna) along the fence line may have a proper place for competing (or comparing) with their own kind, or their own track record, which so many of us do.
Many of us see the comparison all the time... The YL with the little vertical in the garden is lumped into the very same tally as the Big Rancher that has a fully mature Antenna Farm growing on his rolling hills of pasture. We've all at least dreamt of the perfect manicured 4-Squares with rose bushes below each vertical element, right?
In any case, I think that we are expecting something more than a mere suggestion that pushes the proposal back to a local club for recognition in your hometown club coffee hour notation, of course. This majority seems to be savvy and healthy over all for our global fraternal order and it's highly likely they are wanting only to see achievement of merits counted fairly, stemming from their peanut whistle.
Is it possible fairness may prevail? Will those who hold the reins give an inch to the majority that supports them so well? We shall see...
There has been much frustration with these requests in the past. As is seemingly typical, those who have "it," don't want to give "it" up.
This reminds me, and some of you may recall, of the age-old and heated battle for simple recognition of SO1R vs SO2R category separation. It took a while but "they" did acquiesce in recent times offering an (*) asterisk next to the SO2R operations.
This is, mind you, on the honor system. Join us in wishing them (GL) good luck! And, let's not forget to offer a round of applause to N1EK and his friends for the proposal now in motion.
ACTION YOU can take right now:
Consider approaching your ARC (Amateur Radio Club) and drafting a similar proposal to be submitted to your local ARRL representative, the magazine editors, and your friends. Ham Radio is fun again. Pass it on...
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