[MiQP-Mail] Spice up the pie..
wf5x at interserv.com
Sat Mar 10 07:49:17 CST 2007
I had planned on trying to swing an op from Isabella this year and getting
N8I or one of the other 8I calls for the MiQP. If we want to do something
like Oklahoma is doing for next year, I can hold off doing it this year.
I think that extra incentives for non-"Hardcore" QP'ers is a great idea.
Heck, the main reason I work the PaQP is to try and get all the counties for
their county plaque ( 5 years trying now, and closest was missing it by one
year before last ). If we could do something along those lines, possibly
each year, with a small prize like a coffee cup, it would draw a bit more
interest for the more casual contesters and possible lead to a deeper
interest. My buddy in Arkansas, AB5GG, hosts me for November SS Phone just
so he can say his station is capable of a Sweep! I'm not saying we should go
for a PIM ( Participated in MiQP ) program like SS, but something to sweeten
the pie as suggested.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hank Greeb" <n8xx at arrl.org>
To: "MIQP-Mail" <MIQP-Mail at miqp.org>
Cc: "Mad River Radio Club" <mrrc at contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 6:51 PM
Subject: Re: [MiQP-Mail] [MRRC] Spell Michigan or Mackinac
Your points about six weeks until this year's MiQP is very valid. I
don't know how well MRRC is organized, so I defer to your experience. I
know some local clubs don't plan events more than a month or two in
advance, others plan things a year or more in advance. And, most clubs
have a few members with "deep pockets" which can be tapped for special
I thought of Mackinac Bridge 50th Anniversary because there's a
committee being formed right now for a July celebration. It takes 1 to
2 daze to get a 1x1 call approved thru ARRL VEC, no charges involved.
I'd chip in a "reasonable" amount - and I believe that others might do
the same. Could we get 5 or more folks to donate money ($100 average?)
for such an endeavor? We won't know unless we'd try. I don't know how
many folks would try to get them. I bought mugs for $3.00 each a few
years ago for 25 mugs, so with inflation we might need to pay $4 or $5.
At your suggestions I'll put the idea on the MiQP reflector and see how
it flies. Perhaps it is better to table this until 2008, and look at
what public statewide anniversary might be commemorated in 2007 unless
there's a ground swell of support for the idea.
73 de n8xx Hg
David Pruett wrote:
>Speaking for me personally (and not as someone on the MiQP committee), what
they're doing in Oklahoma will have zero effect on whether I get on the air
for OkQP or not. I'm much more motivated to work my buddy K3LR/5 or Jerry,
K5YAA (who is a pretty active MiQPer).
>It seems to me that to generate interest, there has to be some sort of
prize offered. In OkQP they're offering "OKDXA Centennial Coffee Mugs";
what sort of equivalent would Michigan offer? More importantly, who would
supply them? Right now, MiQP plaques are paid for by the sponsoring
Michigan clubs, and the certificates are paid for by a small stipend from
MRRC and the pockets of the committee members, so there is no existing
budget to cover additional prizes.
>And then there is the logistics of making it happen. Stations have to be
recruited to agree to apply for the calls, and then the calls have to be
applied for and issued. I've not applied for a 1x1 call so I don't know how
much time it takes; you have much more experience in this. But the reality
is that MiQP is only six weeks away...
>I'm all for anything that might raise activity levels. I would post your
idea on the MiQP-Mail reflector and judge the interest of people to be part
>Hank Greeb wrote:
>>What do the MiQP gurus think of either spelling "MICHIGAN" or "MACKINAC"
(for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Mackinac Bridge) as an added
incentive for folks to participate in the MiQP? We'd need 18 folks to host
1 by 1 calls to spell Mackinac or 21 for Michigan with all the possible
prefixes. Might be a bit late to swing this, but.... If the idea isn't
presented, it won't be considered. If it doesn't work for this year - what
special statewide event is occurring for 2008 which we could highlight?
>>I got the idea from the Oklahoma QSO party, where they're putting on what
appears to be a much bigger push for increased participation. Last year,
for example, they had only 20 entries from Oklahoma but 92 entries from out
of state. This year it would appear that they have 21 1 by 1 calls, which
is more than the total Oklahoma entries last year.
>>Just an idea to "spice up the pie."
>>73 de n8xx Hg
>>---------------- From Oklahoma QSO party rules.... ------------------
>>2007 Oklahoma QSO Party (OKQP)
>>Sponsored by the Oklahoma DX Association
>>SINCE THIS QSO PARTY IS TAKING PLACE DURING OKLAHOMA'S CENTENNIAL YEAR,
THERE ARE A LOT OF STATIONS IN OKLAHOMA WHO HAVE ASKED FOR AND RECEIVED
AUTHORIZATION TO USE 1X1 CALLSIGNS. EVERY 5TH AREA W, K AND N 1X1 AND
SEVERAL NON 5TH AREA 1X1 CALLSIGNS WITH LETTER SUFFIXES SPELLING
O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A WILL BE ACTIVE. IN ADDITION TO 5TH AREA CALLSIGNS LOOK FOR
N4O, KØK, WØK, W7A AND WØL. THERE MAY BE OTHERS BY QSO PARTY TIME. AN EXTRA
INCENTIVE IS BEING IMPLEMENTED THIS YEAR WHERE THERE IS A SPECIAL AWARD
(OKDXA CENTENNIAL COFFEE MUG) TO BE AWARDED TO ANYONE WHO SPELLS OUT
OKLAHOMA WITH LOGGED QSO'S DURING THE OKLAHOMA QSO PARTY. SINCE THE LETTER
"O" AND "A" APPEAR IN THE WORD OKLAHOMA TWICE, IT IS NECESSARY TO WORK TWO
DIFFERENT STATIONS. THE MUG ITSELF WILL NOT COST ANYTHING FOR THE RECIPIENT,
THE ONLY THING WE'LL ASK YOU TO DO IS SEND $5 TO COVER THE SHIPPING.
>>FOR THOSE WHO WORK ALL THE LETTERS SPELLING OUT OKLAHOMA BUT DID SO DURING
OTHER THAN THE QSO PARTY, YOU'LL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE
INDICATING YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT.
MiQP-Mail mailing list
MiQP-Mail at miqp.org
More information about the MiQP-Mail