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Re: [CQ-Contest] Level Playing Field - my 2 cents

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Level Playing Field - my 2 cents
From: Dale Putnam <daleputnam@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 06:55:11 -0600
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Thinking about the "leveling of the field" and the seemingly unending effort to 
"make it fair". Yes, quotes, because, to me, it is astoundingly clear, that 
this is not achievable, with any amount of cooking the books, when comparisons 
are made between stations.   Why? Simple, first of all, the advantages of where 
you are, are expounded upon us, every time a propagation program forecasts the 
environment that we play. Second, the geography is rather evident, in the 
viewing of the maps that the prop program is shown on. 
 Therefore, the supposed leveling would need to take into account, geography, 
and propagation, and ......  So what really does level the field?  Anyone?   
No... it isn't anyone... but that is close... it is someone.  That someone that 
is operating. And who is the comparison with? That same someone, single or with 
multiops... it is the score from that particular station, under a specific set 
of guidelines that effects the specific score that when compared over a period, 
will provide the totally level field.  Do you have a point of "one-upsmanship" 
to talk about at the next brag session?Sure you do, and no one can argue it 
either...absolute statements.And no one currently does it. Not the "big boys" 
or the little guys... no one. "I improved my score 23.75% this year over last, 
during - contest name-." And for the folks that want to see their call sign 
printed above the next fellows.. fine.. there's nothing wrong with that. 
Understanding all the parameters involved, and there is
  darn little anyone can do about those parameters.   And when it is all said 
and done, there still isn't any taking away from the thrill of blowing a 
pileup, with the "big guns" with a qrp station and wire antennas, and getting 
the Q, ahead of the million dollar stations located in the ........   The 
amount of skill you use, have and grow, carefully tended, practiced, and 
utilized to attain that personal best, is something that no one, can take away. 
--...   ...--
Dale - WC7S in Wyhttp://www.qrpfoxhunt.org
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