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From: "Eric Scace K3NA" <email@example.com>
> This would also be an opportunity to move to a more meaningful
> exchange; e.g., grid square + serial number.
Using 6 character grids you could move to a point per kilometre scoring
system as is the case in VHF contests in Europe. That's a tough enough
exchange to begin with, but you could add a serial number for added fun,
although rates will crater (a la IOTA).
The practical, contest rules, problem is that I don't think 6 figure grids
are that much used outside Europe, and I'm not sure most people even know
The reality check problem is that it doesn't eliminate the issue of some
geographical locations being more advantageous than others. There are more
contesters in Europe and Eastern North America than anywhere else. Being
far away, yet with long periods of reliable propagation, to these regions
will be the winning combination. ZD8Z will probably be unbeatable in a
contest like that, although LT1F would be a force to be reckoned with as
well. Either way, in a HF contest where points are related to distance, the
South Atlantic replaces Zones 9 and 33 as the hotspot.
There ain't no such thing as a geographically fair contest.
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