Following N4ZR's admonition, I'll re-label this notion as DREAMING.
A scoring system for CQ WW DX contests that I think could really work is
QSO's in YOUR country 1 point
QSO's EVERYWHERE else 3 points
Encourages activity: (this would be good)
Removes flagrant biases tied to continental boundaries
No longer penalizes Asians who must work someone thousands of kilometers
distant for one point (maybe encourages our JA friends to participate again?)
Eliminates unfair advantages that Zone 33, 35, 36, 09, 10 have today
Maybe encourages more expeditions to rarely-on Caribbean and Central American
Meanwhile, I'll look for you all from Hawaii KH7Q
(or is that KH7 Qure??) on 20 meters next weekend.
Sometimes there's maybe more about contests than points? I'll contemplate that
while making the drive along Oahu's beautiful north shore.
Jim Neiger N6TJ
----- Original Message -----
To: firstname.lastname@example.org ; CQ-Contest@contesting.com
Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2006 7:56 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Real Time Scoreboards
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 today's
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 normal.
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 the
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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