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Re: [CQ-Contest] Leveling the palying field

To: "Richard DiDonna NN3W" <richnn3w@verizon.net>, "Rick Dougherty NQ4I" <nq4i@contesting.com>, "CQ Contest" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Leveling the palying field
From: steve.root@culligan4water.com
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:28:18 +0000
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Maryland? Win one of them from Wisconsin and I'll REALLY be impressed. 

73 Steve K0SR

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard DiDonna NN3W [mailto:richnn3w@verizon.net]
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 10:39 AM
To: 'Rick Dougherty NQ4I', 'CQ Contest'
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Leveling the palying field

I am not going to compare equipment or operators, but I will note that K5ZD is 
an oustanding operator who has done a yeoman's job in events like CQWW, ARRL 
DX, and WRTC...Same with W9RE.Now, with respect to winning CQWW, it has been 
done by hams outside of New England at least twice in the 2000 era. K4ZW did it 
in 2004 and I did it in 2006. Ken operated from Virginia and I operated from 
Maryland. I also had the top USA score in the 2010 ARRL DX CW....So, there is 
not a 100% advantage to New England.73 Rich NN3W----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rick Dougherty NQ4I" To: "CQ Contest" ; "SECC" Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 
2011 10:10 AMSubject: [CQ-Contest] Leveling the palying field> Hi all...some 
more to consider>>> I would like to make a comparison between W9RE and 
K5ZD...both talented > op's....>> if you compare stations, Mike has spent 
considerable time, effort and> money to assemble a very competitive station 
with stacks on 40-10m, a> 2 el 80m rotary,and decent antennas> and be
 verages on 160m...Randy's is not nearly as big...big by NE> standards, but not 
even in the same league...Mike does what he does to> try to level the 
field....but can never expect to best Randy....and> this goes on year after 
year..propagation plays a very small hand in> the competition....both stations 
are SO2R capable....so is it fair to> Mike ....I don't THINK so....> When for 
the past 30 + years the advantage in location has created a> 95% identifiable 
advantage to one area of the country...i.e. you gotta> live within 200 miles of 
Boston, or better yet in Nova Scotia to win> the ARRL....and the same is true 
for CQWW....>> On the other hand go to the Caribbean and you can clean up the> 
ARRL...or in CQWW go to zone 9, 33 or 35 and with a decent station and> op, 
victory is yours....>> Is CQWW negligent in not considering this?? I THINK 
so....hats off the> ARRL for leading in this matter......will CQWW have egg on 
their face> for not considering this?? don't know...>> It's fu
 nny who are the ones vocal against this proposal....vested> interests?? Think 
about it....>> Stations who stand to gain from distance based scoring....W4's, 
W5's,> W8's W0's W6's, W9's and W7's...others to benefit PY. LU, 4X4,SV,> 
9A,I,and the list goes on and on...>> Will distance based scoring help 
participation.....no doubt about> it.....does the ARRL DX need something to 
jumpstart their> contest...Definately.....>> I view this as a last stand for 
contesting in general...this will be> my last sunspot cycle maybe...by the time 
it ends , I will be 70+ in> age...and I probably won't be doing much tower 
climbing..so it is one> time to correct a wrong and have a playing field that 
is much closer> to level....>> More to 
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