Contesting is either something you enjoy, or something you hate on the bands.
I can see why the thought of a 59 001 is not appealing, but for many operators the contest provides a real challenge to extract the full performance of a station to achieve that short QSO. There are settings, commands and controls on my station that would never get used otherwise and I also can use the contest data to check the models for my antennas, and how they perform. It's also quite good for the DXCC and WPX totals too.
If you are not into contesting, I'd just ask for some mutual respect when there is a contest on, and this works both ways. I've heard non-contesters abusing a contest station, and only wish I'd recorded it as the offending operator that was abusing is well known UK station on 80m. From the contester side, there is work to be done on splatter and over powering existing running stations without listening first, or ploughing through an established QSO. None of those things are going to help with tolerance.
The great thing about Amateur Radio / Hobby Radio is the unlimited subjects of interest. There is something for everyone here, be it building a station or buying a station, Chatting to like minded people, DX'ing or Contesting. Digital modes, Voice modes and of course, CW.
Results from HF Contests Entered
BARTG RTTY Sprint (January 2022)
Single Operator, All Bands, 100w (running 50w)
284 QSO's, 40 DXCC, 4 Cont,
Score : 47,712 Points
SARTG New Year RTTY Contest - 2022
Single Operator, All Bands, Low Power.
52 QSO's, 26 Multipliers -
CQ WW DX Contest - 2021
Single Operator, All Bands, Low Power. Classic Overlay.
621 QSOs, 41 Zones, 162 DXCC
RAW Log Scores - 5th UK, 121st Europe, 243rd World
UKEICC DX Contest 2021
Golden Log ! - No Deductions
56th Place Overall, 28th in Unassisted (all), 26th in UKEI, 19th in Low Power (all)
7th in Low Power, 12hr Section (all) - 5th in UKEI
Single Operator, All Bands, Low Power. 12 Hour Section.
174 QSO's - 60 DXCC, 43 Districts
DL DX RTTY Contest 2021
Single Operator, All Bands, - 6 Hour, Dipole.
135 QSO's, 78,192 Points / 50 DXCC
Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest 2021 (Single Operator-All Bands-6 Hours-RTTY)
33rd - World, 4th - England
97 QSO's Recorded, 87 QSO's Scored
292 Points, 47 Multipliers. 13724 Total Points (89,7% Log Accuracy)
Single Operator, All Bands - 6 Hour
102 QSO's, 9,593 points / 37 DXCC, 16 Oblast.
EU PSK DX Contest - 2021
SO HP EU- 21st (2nd England)
Final Score - 43788 Points
133 QSO, 53 DXCC, 111 EU Call. Confirmed.
Single Op, High Power, All Bands
CQ WPX Contest SSB - 2021
5th in England (out of 106), (2nd out of 25, in England for Classic Overlay) Single Operator, All Bands, Low Power (Classic)
100th in Europe (out of 1343), 143rd in World (out of 2720).
585 QSO's, 360 WPX - Overall Error Rate - 3.0% (3.6%)
BARTG HF RTTY Contest - 2021
150 QSO's - 16,200 Points - 175th / 332 in SOAB 100w Section
UBA PFX PSK63 Contest - 2021
UKEICC DX Contest 2020
Final Score - 50th Overall, 18th in Low Power, 24th in UK/EI Section
129 QSO's - 37 DXCC, 43 Districts
CQ WW DX Contest - 2020
18th in England, 308th in Europe, 504th in World (Single Op, Low Power, All Bands Unassisted)
405 QSO's, 110 DXCC - Overall Error Rate - 1.4% (2.7%)