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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Post contest thoughts...
From: "Randy Thompson, K5ZD" <k5zd@charter.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 12:28:26 -0000
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A few random thoughts following the ARRL DX Phone contest.

- Why don't the Carribbean expeditions transmit above 7100?  There were some
clear frequencies around 7101-7102 and 7106 that would have been out of the
European QRM and still easy to locate for those of us listening down.  OA4SS
was on 7102 for awhile and he was much easier to copy there than when he was
down in the mess.

- What happened to all the 160m DX?  The band was great on Saturday night
with very loud signals from Europe on CW, but no one up on Phone working the
contest.  I always thought 160m DXers would chase DX on whatever mode was
happening, but not in ARRL.  There was a huge pileup on CW at one point that
had more than 100 workable Eu in it.

- Is the ARRL contest too long?  48 hours is better than 2 weekends, but
would 24 hours be even better?  As it is now, there are only a few
competitors at the top of each category.  Everyone else is in participant
class.  Would shortening the contest enable more guys to compete seriously
(i.e. be on for the whole contest)?  Or is this "contest" run as a DX/WAS
chasing promotional activity?

Randy, K5ZD

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