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Re: Re: [CQ-Contest] The good old U.S. holiday weekend contest debate

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Subject: Re: Re: [CQ-Contest] The good old U.S. holiday weekend contest debate
From: "Alfred J. Frugoli (KE1FO)" <frugoli@worldlinkisp.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 20:22:02 -0500
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> > Why should the contests be changed 
> > just because it's a holiday in the US?
> >
> > 73 Darrell AB2E
> Maybe because the sponsors are U.S. organizations.
> 73,
> Nat WZ3AR

Let's not loose the focus on this one guys.  This is a good topic, worthy of 
good discussion.  

Here's some thoughts on why it can't be changed (none of which I believe by the 

1 - just plain old inertia - it's hard to convince people to do CW in October 
when they've always done it in November
2 - since the propigation IS slightly different, would all the old records be 
thrown out?  Would new records have to be recorded with an asterisk?  Would 
there be 2 sets of records, one for CW in Oct, and one for CW in Nov and vice 
3 - again, since participation will be different, what about the records
4 - has a formal proposal actually been made to CQ to alternate the weekends - 
if we don't request it, there's no way they know there is support for it

And as an aside, why are we only talking about WW/WPX CW and SSB, what about 
the two RTTY modes of those contests?  Neither falls on a holiday weekend but 
they are major contests as well.  Maybe there should be a 3 year rotation, not 
just a flip/flop every other year.

73 de Al, KE1FO

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