At 07:06 PM 1/13/03 -0500, Bud Hippisley, K2KIR wrote:
>Just think how much more fun it would be if it TRULY replaced the CD
>Parties by using ARRL sections as multipliers....
Speaking as one of the principals in the "smoke filled" hospitality suite
at the 1985 ARRL National Convention in Louisville, KY where the NAQP was
It's true that the NAQP was invented to replace the CD parties that the
ARRL had just dropped. The CD parties only counted multipliers once
overall, not by band so TRULY replacing the CD parties in this aspect would
have been less fun IMHO.
One other thing to keep in mind that when the NAQP was founded, the NCJ's
association with the ARRL was still three years away. Instead, the "NAQP
founding fathers" drew heavily on the successful NCJ NA Sprint for
inspiration, which even then was roughly ten years old. This is where the
"NA" in NAQP came from, and the NAQP exchange is just like the Sprint's
with the serial number left out.
But there were other conscious strategies at work as well:
- Mults-per-band was a conscious effort to allow little gun stations to get
into the strategy of moving mults between bands, like the bigger stations
do in DX contests.
- Since this was an NCJ sponsored contest (as opposed to an ARRL sponsored
one) we saw no reason to use sections for mults. States seemed more
universal and would allow casual participants (who might not know their
ARRL section) to be readily worked.
- Similarly, the use of the operator's name in the exchange (rather than an
RST or serial number) was intended to foster QSOs with casual participants.
The first NAQP was in April 1986. Sometime in the 90's, the decision was
made to make it a 100W contest, which immediately bolstered activity. Now,
with good conditions and the increasing use of SO2R, the contest has become
quite successful. If I recall, in the the last open CD parties stations
would make 1200-1400 QSOs in twenty hours on CW. During this last NAQP, we
were seeing it done in ten hours. This is progress.