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Re: [CQ-Contest] NA February Sprint - more numbers

To: "'Ted Bryant'" <W4NZ@comcast.net>, <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] NA February Sprint - more numbers
From: "W0MU Mike Fatchett" <w0mu@w0mu.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 15:46:41 -0700
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Interesting information there.

As Dean pointed out in his post they had 35 members on.  That is 105
contacts *if* you can work them on all 3 bands.  That is indeed significant.

I always thought the West always seemed to fair better in domestic contests.
It is the carrot we get since we take it in the shorts most of the time in
DX contests.

"A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may
never get over." Ben Franklin
-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of Ted Bryant
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 8:55 AM
To: cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: [CQ-Contest] NA February Sprint - more numbers

Mike and Steve,
You both make very good points about the participation. So, I got curious
and looked at the published results for previous February Sprints. The list
below shows the number of stations who submitted logs from 2000 through

             West        East(of Mississippi)
2000          92          86
2001          70          66
2002          67          98
2003          92         106
2004         102         119
2005          99          90
2006          86          66
2007          87          73
2008          80          86

While Steve's comment about the decline of the East vs West coast
participation is not supported by these numbers, it is very possible that
the mix within the East participants has shifted away from the more populus
New England states. However, in looking through the published results there
didn't seem to be any abnormal variations in the number of entries from the
1, 2 or 3 call areas.  One thing that was very obvious was the large number
of California stations in each Sprint.  This might be a factor on the low
bands as Mike noted and fits in with Steve's comment about clubs like the
NCCC encouraging their members to participate.

Could it really be that the "West of the Mississippi" advantage in top
finishes for the February Sprint is actually caused by West coast club
influence in getting their membership active in the Sprints?

73, Ted W4NZ

-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com]On Behalf Of Steve London
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 5:11 PM
To: cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] NA February Sprint

W0MU Mike Fatchett wrote:
> What is the percentage of entries in the Sprint W vs E?  That might be 
> a more telling statistic.  Having lots of people on close to you gives 
> you a bunch of loud easy contacts on 80m and 40 as well.

You're almost on the right track, Mike. Look at how the number of east coast
entries in the Sprint has gone down compared to west coast entries in the
20-25 years. The east coast was much more competitive when they had more
stations to work in their backyards. Seems to me that the east coast contest
clubs need to beat the bushes to increase activity, just like the NCCC has
done on the west coast. It boggles the mind that states like MD have become
rare multipliers in Sprint !

Steve, N2IC

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