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[CQ-Contest] Contest Inequities

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Contest Inequities
From: "k6xx@juno.com" <k6xx@juno.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2005 15:50:21 GMT
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Ahh, IARU (or whatever it is called this decade...)

Once among the fairest of contests: everyone works everyone, a rudimentary 
distance-based scoring technique (1, 3, 5 points), and relatively equal zone 
multipliers. Just about perfect!

Then some bright guy comes up with those $%^&* "IARU HQ" mults. This 
effectively re-introduced country multipliers and disenfranchised all not 
located along the Atlantic coasline. 

This problem may be easily reversed as well: either eliminate those foolishly 
conceived "HQ" stations or simply make them worth, say, 15 points each QSO 
(instead of 1 point)--but no mult. At worst, score one HQ mult per society 
(instead of once per society per band). Instantly, fairness is improved 

73 de Bob, K6XX

For the record, my experience in this matter includes entering most of these 
July contests by whatever name they went by and whatever callsign I had since 
they began (if we discount the "Bicentennial Celebration" in 1976, which wasn't 
quite the same, and start counting in 1980 anyway), including one from Europe 
(/S5 in 2000). There I found that 100W to a random wire from a hotel balcony in 
Slovenia was sufficient to work nearly as many total mults as could be found 
with a kW and Yagis from W6, due to the obscene number of European "HQ" 
stations worked on 160m through 10m. That is not a reasonable effort/result 

I'll try to stop whining now... but this has been building up inside me for 
years, getting worse month by month as my station grows but my ranking slides. 
Those absolutely insane remarks about the 160m contests being relatively "fair" 
pushed me over the edge!

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