I as over 20 years active participant want to come with my vote:
Concerning the own country points my personal preference is to keep it as is
I do understand the point of small pistols west of W1-2-3-4 and or east of W6
the JAs -do not forget those people - I do not know how many of them the W6s
can work but for instance I usually on 20m have about 1/3 of JAs compared to Ws
on 15m the ratio is more favourable to JAs might be even 2/3.
On the other hand there is quite a danger that the small pistols who are trying
to work the audible DX stations would than try less hard since working a bunch
of local hams. Another drawback of this change would be a big rise of QRM !!!
due to a lot of interstate activity and this will of course lower the chance to
work DX ?!
I still believe that even if this change would be applied it would not change
the winners in each "cathegory" since you "state-side" guys do not compete in
absolute score with a Caribean expedition or with us here in EU or with JAs,
same valid to us or JAs. Simply you can be GOD with the "largest antennas man
can imagine" but beeing for instance in JA you simply can not beet good
from the caribean or western Africa with a modest tribander. So why to make
change - in the reality nothing will change. The man who is really competing
will not seek interstate contacts for score just for multipliers and the one
wants to make a few QSOs does not hunt for points really anyway.
Concerning 36 - 30 hours. I wote very strongly for 36 hours. It maximizes the
amount of fun avalailable. If you want to rest you can do that on other
During the contest one should "destroy" himself sufficiently !!!!
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