I assume the post was addressed to me (Milt). I certainly believe
what you say about the group.....it just didn't impress me, at the
time, as being real friendly. Perhaps I'm being overly sensitive
about it, and if so, please file my comments accordingly. Thanks for
the interesting story, below. Kind of reminds me of the story of the
Japanese soldier on a island in the Pacific, still "fighting" many
years after the formal end of the war.
I look forward to hearing you soon.
ZUT 73, Milt k4oso
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "cloud runner" <KT5X@...> wrote:
> Seems to me I have worked you quite a few times, and I don't recall
ever ignoring you, Mike.
> The only time you will hear CQ FOC or be ignored when you call a
member is during the FOC club reunion activity known as the
Marathon. It is "only FOC" in the same sense as the BERU contest is
ONLY British Empire stations, and Hunting Lions contest is ONLY for
members of the Lions' Club, etc. If you answer a stateside station
calling CQ DX you are likely to be ignored, too. the rest of the
year you would have no way of knowing that you had just heard/worked
a member, and I am sure you have worked many, many members.
> Most members, however, will work you in the Marathon, and not think
twice about it, that is what I do.
> the story of the Marathon may amuse you. the FOC club was a main
mover in getting amateur radio back on the air after WW II.
Governments were very slow to allow the radio ops back on after the
> Once permission was granted, the Club then initiated two activities
to get the ops back on the air. One was the DX contest which after a
few years sponsorship moved over to CQ magazine. it became what is
now the CQ WW DX contest.
> The other was designed to reinitiate activity among Club members,
and that was called the Marathon. I think the year was 1947. They
made a fundamental mistake in the on the activity they designed. The
Marathon at that time was to continue, day after day, week after
week, until such time that one member had managed to contact all the
other members. Interesting idea? maybe.
> Problem was, once an op had accomplished that task, took about ten
days I think, how do you notify the rest of the members that the
activity is now over? The Marathon went on for another several weeks
before word got around that someone had completed the task and the
Marathon was over!
> anyway, the Bill Windle QSO Party is done to speak to
your "complaint." this is an FOC club activity intended to be open
to everyone instead of the Marathon which is an on-the-air club
reunion (just like the PVRC Reunion last weekend) open only to
members. Non-members who might be interested in being members have
opportunity to recognize, meet, and chat with members, and ask
questions about membership if they wish.
> David or I can answer your questions about membership if you have
any. In essence, FOC is an international fraternity of
telegraphers. It is a social club of people who share a common
interest, nothing less, nothing more. Members come to know one
another on a deeper level than one usually does in completely random
on the air air encounters. Membership is limited to 500 active ops
at any given time, so an interested party may have to wait in line
for a membership number.
> Enjoy CW, 73,
> Fred - kt5x