>I also think it would help return contesting to "sport". Right now,
>the basic attribute to winning DX contest scores is the ability to press
>F1 more than anyone else and get answers. The art of moving around the
>band, being opportunistic, actually using operating skill, are almost
Maybe from the east coast, the basic attribute to winning DX contest scores
is the ability to press F1 ......, but from out here, the so-called lost
arts are extremely important. Instead of limiting contest to 100 watts,
we should simply disallow any contesting from the east coast ! That will
quickly bring your skill levels up to par !
>From out here, a 100 watt DX contest at the bottom of the sunspot cycle
(i.e. the next 5 years) would be a disaster. 160 and 80 meters would
total 25 to 50 QSO's. 40 will be nothing but JA's, Carrib, and HG1S
CQing in our face. Scatter openings to EU and JA on 15 will net us 0
QSO's. 20 meters is bad enough to EU at 1800Z with 1500 watts.
If some east coasters are having a guilt trip about contests being too easy,
you should encourage your contest club to have all members limited to
100 watts. Please don't force your east coast morality on the rest of us !
(Definition: East Coast: Everywhere south and east of the Cleveland-Dallas