In a country like this one, where certain (in fact
many) of your rights aren't allowed, we have to live with
stupid rules like no gum chewing and no amps. 100 watts is
the maximum legal limit - no exceptions and no cheating.
Bear in mind this isn't just another contest category for many
of us out here. In Singapore since 1989, this rule is enforced by our
local FCC with annual and spot inspections, monitoring stations not
4 miles from my shack, and detailed lists of our station equipment on
file at the "authorities".
We have low power contest categories now, which is
great for those of us who for reasons of money, TVI or
authoritarian governments cannot use amps. As far as I
understand, the bottom line of the 100 watt category was to
encourage more people to enter, thus making the contest more
fun for everyone. I think it did just that.
But I can honestly say if they were to lift the ban
tomorrow and allow a KW out here, I would be the first to fire
one up. Why not just enjoy the power you're allowed to use?
100 watts isn't QRP, and it isn't all that fun.
- James 9V1YC