In a message dated 8/19/2006 11:40:49 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Well it is clear that WRTC is not a plain level field event!
Clearly, in spite of the great efforts of the WRTC organizers, some stations
were more equal than others.
This is not a knock on the organizers, or any of the teams. It's just a
simple fact that it is impossible to set up 50 equal stations when factors
as terrain and local noise levels are to be considered.
If you want a level playing field competition, the best that is humanly
achievable is the mobile competition in a good state qso party. Taken to the
ultimate, a fleet of identical vehicles could be rented and equipped with
identical stations, leaving the variables such as terrain, power line noise,
to average out over the course of several hundred miles of driving.
Perhaps some day a WRTC, or a WRTC like competition, will take place in such
Meanwhile, this weekend you can observe for yourself as we in Ohio take to
the highways in the Ohio QSO Party on Saturday, August 26. We have plans for
six to ten mobiles operated by very competent contest operators. From past
experience you can expect that their signals will be very comparable, so that
the results can be considered a result of operator skill.
In these contests mobiles are in effect new stations every time they change
counties, so there will be plenty of them to work during the course of the
contest. And as in the WRTC/IARU, there will be lots of other, mostly louder,
stations mixed in as well.
The OQP runs from 1600z Saturday to 0400z Sunday, August 26/27. Full info
is available at www.oqp.us. I hope you'll stop by, check it out, and imagine
Visitors to Ohio, mobile or otherwise, are obviously very welcome too.
73 - Jim K8MR
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