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[CQ-Contest] How's 'bout a DX "Sprint"?

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] How's 'bout a DX "Sprint"?
From: "Ron Notarius WN3VAW" <wn3vaw@fyi.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 21:45:19 -0500
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We've been discussing the pros and cons of shorter contests-within-a-contest
in one form or another for years.  And while I can see both sides of the
argument, bottom line appears to be echoed in Larry K2GN's post:  "Isn't the
purpose of this hobby to have FUN??"

So rather than continuing to argue in the abstract, here's a thought to

Why not add a 24 hour "DX Sprint" contest within the annual ARRL DX

One way it could work would be like this:

(a)  All rules of the ARRL DX Contests must be followed in full.
(b)  Certificates awarded as per the full blown contest (ie certificates for
each ARRL/RAC section and so forth) but no plaques -- KISS principle here
(c)  Only single operator categories allowed at the standard 3 power levels.
If you want to run multi op, then your team can schedule yourselves for the
full 48 hour period.  (What about assisted, you ask?  Good question.  I
leave that open for the moment.  Ditto SO2R)
(d)  24 hour period runs from 1200 Z Saturday through 1200 Z Sunday of the
contest weekend.  No picking & choosing.

Let's not forget that unfortunately, many of us who are capable of running
the full 48 hours may not be able to free up the time, between work and
family obligations.  But many of us in this situation can schedule a 24 hour
block.  So why not find a way to give the time-limited ops an incentive to
go for 24 hours, rather than saying "oh well, I'll get on for a few hours
and work a few guys just to get my call out there, why bother with any

Just a thought...

73, ron wn3vaw

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