> 1. Make the exchange 59(9) grid where "grid" is 4 character
> Maidenhead grid square, a-la the Stew Perry test.
With your proposed change, you are assuming that everyone we work in a
contest is an active participant, or at least made some effort to
prepare for the contest. Consider the problem of trying to explain
what a grid-square is and to get the casual (non-contester) to get you
that information on the fly. All they will see is a bunch of
letters/numbers flying by with no understanding of what they are/how
to get one.
We also need to consider - why do people get on 160? I assume quite a
few do it in order to further award chasing - DXCC and WAS for
example. Remember - we are talking non-participants here. At
present, the current rules meet that objective. Using grid squares
will make life a whole lot more complicated for the casual folk. That
makes for fewer QSO's, and everyone looses...
Tom - VE3CX
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