I think in a domestic contest such as NAQP, it's more about antennas and
operator prowess than it is with power. Some of the signals I heard from
the "big guns" with low power last weekend were not all that "weaker"
than when I hear them in HP contests...With some of these 20 acre, 15
tower, 6 antenna/tower, beverage, 4-square antenna farms I see pictures
of these days, they would likely be loud with 2 watts...More power to
them (so to speak)...They have the gear, they deserve their
victories...I wish I had the cash and real estate to try it...Until
then, I'll have fun with my one beam and three wires wrapped around
every tree in my back yard...
I'm a personal fan of CQ's "Tri-Bander/Wires" category...That, IMHO,
really evens out the playing field...
If I had the choice between laying out thousands of dollars for an amp,
or laying out the same cash for some great low band antennas? You bet
there would be a 4 square or something like it on my property with only
100 watts going to it....Now, if I could only convince the lady across
my road to sell me her 30 acres of hay field...
73, and will see you (only for a couple hours unfortunately) this
weekend during the NAQP SSB...
Jeff Clarke wrote:
> I couldn't help but notice but the top ten NAQP CW Single-Op score box look
>strikingly similar to what you might see for the top ten box for HP CW
>(minus a KP4) I have been a NAQP regular since the beginning and it seems many
>these "big guns" have just "discovered" the NAQP.
>I wonder if the sponsors would maybe consider maybe changing the rules so that
>is a high power, low power and QRP class. That way all those guys with the
>mega-stations can compete with each other and those of us that don't have that
>can compete with stations that are more on our level. Plus adding in a class
>those QRP contesters would really add more activity for those who like to do
>Look what the QRP class has done for activity in SS ???
>The NAQP has taken a tremendous leap in activity in the past couple years and
>like SMC,TCG,NCCC and others who have put out a big effort to put together
>sorry if I missed anyone else) and they are responsible for the popularity
>currently has. I think having the separate power classes would increase the
> 73's Jeff KU8E
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