Please don't count me as one of those lobbying to change the WPX 0-point rule.
As 2-time LP/AB champ, I see nothing wrong with the way the scoring is now.
Giving 1 point for in-country contacts would have an overall negative effect
on the contest.
It would essentially turn the contest into three different contests.
1. European QSO party.
2. Field day (for non-east coast)
3. WPX (for east coast)
Despite the fact that prefixes count as multipliers, this is a DX contest.
An SM5 does count more, for example, than a WA4. It has a square-law effect
because it adds both a mult and points.
FInally, I'll answer any US station that calls me -- even if I already have
their prefix. But encouraging US pileups of low-point QSOs will simply
reduce my score and force me to implement a more restricted US QSO policy.
As far as the 30/36/48 hour debate goes, put me in the 30-hour category.
Strategy is everything. In good conditions, a bad decision can cost you the
contest. In unsettled conditions, time off can ameliorate the impact.
It all improves the competition -- and that's why they call it a contest!
Rob Hummel (WS1A) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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