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[CQ-Contest] 24 hour category?

Subject: [CQ-Contest] 24 hour category?
From: Jimk8mr@aol.com (Jimk8mr@aol.com)
Date: Tue Feb 19 11:35:37 2002
In a message dated 2/19/02 10:20:23 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
w2up@mindspring.com writes:

> As I was unavailable for contesting Sunday, I decided to invent my own 
>  category: SOA HP First 24 hours. I operated from 0000Z-2359Z the 
>  first day (Friday night till Saturday night). I slept for 2 hours in that 
>  period. I think there's something to this category, and would like to see 
>  be added to all 48 hour contests. First, it highlights operating more than 
>  endurance. Second, the rates are better the first day, so more fun and 
>  less "there's nobody left to work" boredom. Third, those of us who 
>  cannot commit a full weekend would have a way to compete with each 
>  other. Comments? 

There's nothing wrong with creating your own category. I did that years ago 
with "Single Op Multi Station" in CW SS, and am still having a lot of fun 
doing that.

I don't think SOMS in SS or a 24 hour DX contest category need to be 
incorporated into the official rules of the contest. Just do it.  I think 
bragging rights on-line (i.e. here on CQ-Contest) and maybe some recognition 
in the contest writeups would be sufficient.  

For the particular details, I would suggest any 24 consecutive hours, 
starting at the beginning of any hour. (e.g. 0300Z, not 0327Z). I don't think 
rates are necessarily worse the second day, it's just that if you've worked a 
zillion guys the first day there aren't as many left to work on day two. I 
suspect there are more people for whom Friday night is a scheduling problem 
than is Sunday, especially as you go west.  Starting Saturday morning local 
time after a good night's rest sounds like a natural way to do it.

Anyone interested should simply declare their intentions ahead of time and go 
ahead and do it.  ARRL SSB DX is in 2 weeks, which could be a good test run.

73  -   Jim  K8MR

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