In a message dated 7/9/2007 10:20:45 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
For what purpose? To supposedly "level the playing
field"...which it will actually not do. The latter is a myth that
has yet to be achieved, even in WRTC. Isn't it time to stop using
the term and deluding ourselves?
In the DX contest world, a level playing field is a relative term for
something that will never really be very level.
If you really want to compete in a "level playing field" contest, get
yourself some mobile antennas and head out in one of the better state qso
There you will encounter no more antennas than will fit onto about 50 square
feet of real estate, with antennas no taller than what will fit under a
bridge. You will have nobody using packet spotting (though that may not be
for long). Propagation differences between you and your competitors will be
minor compared to differences in other contests. Local factors like terrain
power line noise will average out over the course of the contest. And the
ability to function with severe sleep deprivation is not an issue.
The next major state QSO party is Ohio, on Saturday, August 25. There's lots
of level land to cover out here, although there are parts down in the
southeast that are anything but (which is where I usually end up covering).
on out, or at least be on the air from home to chase us mobiles around the
level fields of Ohio.
Full stuff at: www.oqp.us
73 - Jim K8MR
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