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[CQ-Contest] DX Sprint is a good idea

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] DX Sprint is a good idea
From: Jim Idelson <k1ir@designet.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 07:33:28 -0500
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I liked the WN3VAW "DX Sprint" idea when I read the title of the email. But I 
don't think Ron took the opportunity to step "outside the box" in his thinking. 
24 hours isn't a Sprint. A Sprint is 4 or 6 hours - and it's *really easy* to 
make time for a Sprint.

So, how about a six-hour DX sprint? Call it the Atlantic Challenge [see note 
below]. Let's not make it part of the big DX contests. Make it a separate 
contest entirely - on a different weekend. Start at 1000z or so, and run 
through 1600z. This is the peak run time for stations on either side of the 
Atlantic - best opportunity to crank out some high rates. Create all the usual 
categories. Wow, what an opportunity to work out station issues and practice 
operating skills in a real-life event! My multi team would love this.

Imagine this . . . 
"Honey, remember I've got a big DX contest this weekend? I'm making a major 
effort in this one."
"You rotten husband and father! You never spend any time with us anymore! 
Another weekend down the tubes!"
"No, honey, the contest starts before you wake up and it's over before lunch. 
What movie would you like to see on Saturday night?"


Jim Idelson K1IR
email    k1ir at designet.com
web    http://www.designet.com/k1ir

Note: I don't know how to make a six-hour event fair around the world, so I 
invented the Atlantic Challenge. Maybe there's a Pacific Challenge, too? Part 
of the Intercontinental Challenge Series?
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