There's only one way to truly level the playing field and that's to sit all
the ops at a computer and get them contesting with Morse Runner or whatever.
No variability in antennas, take-off angle, terrain, QRN, etc. But is that
REALLY what WRTC is about?
On 8/22/06, Bill Tippett <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >I would do it very easy...
> get beach front locations north coast preferable, everyone running
> and 100w..they will have great ears and solid signal to all areas of the
> world that are workable with little QRM.
> At the same time that would make it the most similar location with almost
> identical signals.
> Yep. Deja vu July 16, 2002 (below). Spacing
> could be much closer than 1 mile with 100W plus better
> transceivers available today (IMD, BDR and Phase Noise).
> 73, Bill W4ZV
> In thinking about the WRTC 2002, the Finns certainly
> deserve our thanks for making the playing field as level as
> it has ever been by using identical antennas at the same height
> over flat terrain within a limited area of Finland. From what
> I understand of prior WRTC's, the 2002 edition was a major advance.
> However, I've heard of at least one instance of severe
> antenna interaction and problems with local power line QRN. Noticing
> how poorly some of the excellent teams did in the standings, I cannot
> help but believe that there may have been more than one case of
> antenna interaction problems at specific sites.
> Here are a few thoughts for the 2004 sponsor assuming
> someone steps up to the plate. First, repeat the Finns' excellent
> idea of identical antennas over flat terrain at the same height within
> a limited geographic area, but remove antenna interaction and local
> line noise problems from the equation.
> How to do this?
> 1. Locate 50 stations along a remote flat seacoast a set distance
> from high tide levels every mile along a 50 mile stretch of isolated
> beach. During the summertime, comfort should not be much of a
> problem due to temperature. Tents, generators, porta-potties and
> coolers could provide what most of us need to survive a 24 hour contest.
> We do it all the time in Field Day don't we?
> 2. Use identical multiband verticals with identical radial systems.
> These are simple, inexpensive, easy to erect, and should work very
> well near salt water.
> 3. Use small <1KW generators like the VP8THU/VP8GEO team used...
> possibly backed up by UPS in case a referee temporarily forgets to
> Something like this should remove the variables of antenna
> interaction and local power line noise, and I suspect there are
> areas (like National Seashores in the US) that are not too far
> removed from civilization for other necessary parts of the WRTC
> (administrative meetings, awards dinners, etc.).
> Something to think about while WRTC is fresh in our minds and
> as clubs think about sponsoring the next WRTC in 2004.
> 73, Bill W4ZV
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