I think the exchange 59(9) plus 6-character grid ie KN29AU will give the exact
distance between the two.
Most if not all contest software support this format which is widely used in
Unfortunately CQ WW VHF contest uses 4-character grid scheme and different
point calculation, instead of 1 point per kilometer + 6-character grid which is
de facto the European standart.
This is one of the reasons it's not popular in Europe.
73, Victor US5WE/K1WE (UW5W in contests)
From: "Victor A. Kean, Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 21:26:20 -0500
Subject: Topband: Improving the Fabulous CQ 160 Contest
> For the 2010 edition of CQ 160 contest, I propose the following
> changes as followons to the 2009 changes:
> 1. Make the exchange 59(9) grid where "grid" is 4 character
> Maidenhead grid square, a-la the Stew Perry test.
> 2. Make the QSO point scoring proportional to distance. You could
> take the Stew Perry scheme and scale it so that the longest possible
> QSO is 10 (or maybe 12) points.
> 3. Keep multipliers to encourage DXpeditions and pile-ups.
> The slightly more difficult exchange should be compensated roughly by
> slightly inflated scores if the scoring is 1 point per 4000 km. Or,
> maybe not.
> Let the flaming begin.
> Victor, K1LT
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