Yesterday ARRL oficially published their answer on the Spanish Request to disqualify the German Headquater station DA0HQ in IARU Contest 2009. Read in this blogpost why I fundamentally disagree with ARRLs consequences!
I call several Spanish and German HQ Team members my personal friends. Over the last decade, I have operated almost all of my contests in either a German or a Spanish Contest team. Personally I deeply regret that this issue was escalated up into the international arena. I believe that this conflict could have been solved in bi-lateral talks.
In my professional career it is my job to negotiate, mediate and solve Spanish-German inter-cultural conflicts. Out of experience I can tell that the majority of all conflicts are based on (wrong) assumptions. Instead of accusing the other party, it is much more fruitful trying to understand the other party’s arguments. However this is not always easy.
But the main reason of this blogpost is the announcement made by ARRL today. The most astonishing news is that ARRL has declared not to check HQ logs anymore and take them out of the contest results.
As a contester by heart I was shocked by this announcement. It is pretty much a slap in the face of all Headquarter stations currently preparing again for the upcoming IARU Championship (just 4 more weeks to go!). Everybody who ever operated in this contest as a Headquarter knows that it does involve a huge amount of personal, management and technical effort to organize such a participation.
Can you imagine yourself the disappointment of the HQs which are already preparing themselves since several months? First reactions have shown that major HQ stations either will not participate (LY0HQ, YL0HQ, ES0HQ & SN0HQ) or seriously reconsider their participation (TM0HQ) in the upcoming IARU HF Championship.
I completely disagree with ARRL’s argument that “comparing the results of different national HQ teams, especially across continental boundaries, is comparing apples and oranges”. If this would be true, we will consequentially have to redefine almost ALL categories. Being sarcastic one could argue that it’s just not fair to compare a European result with one of those big contest stations in Zone 33 or Zone 8 / 9 . However in almost all (also ARRL sponsored contests) exist worldwide top-ranking lists.
What is wrong when a national association spends effort in the animation of it’s members to participate in a contest? At the end, everyone benefits. Even if some stations exclusively worked DA0HQ, the vast majority also provided points to other contest participants.
A contest is a sports event. It’s an event where participants are competing against each other. Competition is in the nature of a contest. What is the use of a contest when no more results are published? This is so ridiculous!
Maybe ARRL will soon also recommend to FIFA the following rule changes:
1. All World-cup matches shall be titled as “Friendship-matches”
2. There will be no winner (and thereby also no looser)
3. But all nations will receive a certificate of participation
How boring would soccer be with these rules…
ARRL has proven it’s inability to organize and manage porperly such an important event as the IARU HF Championship. The last month have shown us that
- ARRL is not able to calculate the results properly
- ARRL is not able to act as a proper referee and nominate who has won the contest
- ARRL has acted irresponsible by changing fundamental contest rules just four weeks prior to the contest
- ARRL discourages the participation in the contest by basically deleting the Headquarter category
- ARRL implicitly endangers the conduction of WRTC which highly rely on a high participation
I request the IARU committee and the whole contest community to reconsider if ARRL is still capable to properly organize and mange this event. So far I heard that other national organisations are ready to take over this job.
So how? What do you think? Share your thoughts and opinion on this important topic with us!