E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One.
If the software community can figure out how to handle multiple contests,
there is an interesting outcome awaiting - a contest combining several
though similar contests.
This weekend would be a perfect example. In addition to the three individual
contests for New England, Indiana, and 7-Land, there would be an overall
contest for working the most people in the most counties in New England,
Indiana, and 7-Land.
Only valid qsos for the individual qso party would count (i.e. only Indiana
qsos made between 1600z and 0400z would count - but not ones made on Sunday,
even though New England qsos on Sunday would count.)
People in those three places could still work anybody anywhere for their own
contests, but for the EPU contest only qsos in those three areas would
One justifiable complaint about state QSO party operation is that if you
aren't close to the target state, things can get pretty boring as the in state
people spend time working each other. Combining several geographically
diverse areas, as is the case this weekend, would give most people a
advantage (and disadvantage) to somewhere.
It can be a very pleasant time chasing mobiles, and others, around a state.
Doing it for several states at a time should be even better!
Six days isn't exactly enough time to formally organize a contest, though it
would be interesting to put together some demonstration results afterward.
73 - Jim K8MR
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