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Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Extinction

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Extinction
From: PaulKB8N@aol.com
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2006 19:32:18 EDT
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I've introduced this concept before, but I feel we can do better to  
recognize individual performance based on a multi-dimensional array of  
that would allow most everyone to compare apples to apples.
In my case, I am a highly experienced (45 + year) contester who has an  SO2R 
low-power unassisted setup with only two multiband fixed wire antennas at  
under 50'.  Each of these categories (experience level, equipment type,  
power-level, assisted vs unassisted, antenna type and antenna height) could be  
to a scoring database.  Scores could be sorted by the level of  compatibility 
with other contestants, and could be sorted by single or multiple  
categories.  Don't forget geographical sorting also.
I'd suspect if everyone reported their experience and station configuration  
that I'd feel pretty good about my scores.  in fact, my category might be  so 
small that there might be only a few competitors, but I could play with the  
other factors and see how I compared with the TB/wires guys as well.
Even that guy 60x`120 lot in a New York borough might win his section or  
zone against apples to apples competition, and might gain some real  pride and 
esteem over his accomplishment.
I think the days of the one-dimensional scorecard (the top ten box) are  
over.  We have the tools to sort scores by an almost unlimited number of  
dimensions, why not use it for the benefit of contesting and the motivation of  
This will only require a little more input when reporting scores but I  think 
it will encourage more participation.
Paul, K5AF
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