"However, the "poor saps" as you call them would be more competitive
with everyone closer to Europe. Because of where the vast majority of
contacts to be made are located, everyone farther from Europe will be
at an advantage relative to everyone closer to Europe as compared to
the current system. Works both ways. Most, except those in extreme
NE, would be looking straight ahead as well as over their shoulder."
Except it doesn't work that way. If you live in San Diego, you're much farther
from Europe that I am in Minnesota
and yet enjoy much better propagation a daily basis. I listen to 160 every
morning during the winter, and my notes
show me that I'm almost 4 times as likely to hear a W1 or W2 (who are south of
me) working a JA than I am of
hearing the JA myself. It's that PATH, not a simple distance calculation.
Making a "field leveling correction" based
only on distance will hurt a lot of people.
73 Steve K0SR
North of the Black Hole
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