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  • cloud runner
    ... 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
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 5, 2007
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      > Yeah Adam. I know what you mean. The last time I answered a FOC "cq"
      the
      > reply was "FOC ONLY"
      > 73, Milt k4oso
       
      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 war. 
       
      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
       
       
       
       
    • k4oso
      Fred, 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
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 5, 2007
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        Fred,
        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 cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "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
        war.
        >
        > 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
        >
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