When KQ2M first proposed revised reporting for ARRL DX, delineating between W
and VE, I didn't really see why VY2's advantages were any more compelling than
any of the other advantages many operators, rightly so, exploit to maximum
effect. At the very top end of contesting, that's what it's about: using every
advantage you can within the rules and law. If that wasn't good enough for W1s
and 2s, there was nothing stopping them from setting up a Canadian contesting
And since they have often in response to criticism from those west of the 100th
meridian said "If you dont' like it, move to New England!" it would be
hypocritical for them to not concede that point. (It's not like K6LA needs a
visa or anything...)
I didn't really have many objections, however.
Now that we have folk proposing that we toss VE out of ARRL DX and ARRL SS, I
see a very real need to push back. These contests are always great fun. And how
fun would SS be if a sweep only required 70 sections? Or if a sweep no longer
included those sections where perhaps it takes a bit of skill to be one of the
I think even Bob would recoil at the suggestion VE no longer deserves to play
Was the missile defence thing really that big a deal? Perhaps if the darn thing
even worked, our answer might have been different, but I digress.
In light of all this, then, add my voice now to the 'leave things alone' crowd.
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