On Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 02:08:26PM -0500, Yuri VE3DZ wrote:
> I don't like Dx Cluster, but the reality is - like it or not - almost
> everyone is using it nowadays, one way or another. I mean 99.9 % of the HAM
> stations have the capability of using Dx Cluster today.
> So, why not just allow it for all categories, like it was done for WAE or
> Russian DX long time ago?
> What are we afraid of here?
I do not think it is fear. It is that I do not find it as
much fun to do the contest as assisted and if everyone is
in the assisted category than I have to make the choice of:
- Run packet and not have as much fun.
- Not run packet and be at a disadvantage.
So - I guess most would end up running packet and the non-packet way
of operating disappears. That would sadden me. I and others could
keep going on without packet and see how well we do against others
that use packet. That has it's own appeal. I already do this in
other contests - but usually it is that I am trying to achieve a
better score than the multi ops.
It would also mean that places that do not have a way to get packet at
all or easily are at a disadvantage. (they do still exist - even if
it is only a few)
But as others have pointed out - why stop at packet?
Why have any categories at all - just put all the scores in a big
pile. This is not a new idea - we could just list them in score order
from the M/M DX to the QRP/poor antenna stations. We will just assume
that they all use high power and packet.
George Fremin III - K5TR
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