In a message dated 10/20/2006 8:09:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Why not REALLY improve the contest by seriously considering remedying the
ancient, unfair, archaic "points per QSO vs. your continent" nonsense.
There are some things in the world, like the USA Electoral College and the
CQWW 1-2-3 point system, that would never be designed into a new system, but
with which we seem to be stuck forever. So it appears voters in Wyoming and
Delaware and contesters in Zone 9 and Zone 33 will continue to be more equal
than the rest of us.
Unlike elections, however, in ham radio contests there need not be only one
winner. There can be multiple winners based on multiple sets of rules. Just
take the raw material of what a person worked (from a Cabrillo log) , and
score it in several ways.
Obviously, it would still be scored in the "CQWW Classic" mode, using
>From there use one's imagination. My suggestion is a scoring system where
points are based on zone to zone distances. The point values would not need
not be integers, so 1.6 or 2.226 points for a qso would be possible and
For example, something like
QSO Points = 1 + (Distance/10000)
where Distance is the zone center to zone center distance in kilometers.
So qso points would vary from 1 (your own zone) to about 3 (at the
antipodes). Score it up with the current multiplier structure, and you have
results of the "CQWW 21st Century" competition.
Having done the work of preparing logs for processing, dupe/bust checking,
etc., there would be very little extra work to produce an alternate set of
scores, with results published online.
73 - Jim K8MR
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