Shucky durn, the best way to level the playing field is to add up all
the scores, divide by the number of entries, and then figure a handicap
so that everyone comes out with the exactly same score.
I think that's how handicapping is supposed to work.
73 de n8xx Hg
On 7/2/2011 3:00 PM, Stan Stockton <email@example.com> wrote:
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> Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2011 07:27:25 -0500
> From: Stan Stockton<firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL DX "Leveling, Handicapping, Equalizing"
> To: Tom W8JI<email@example.com>
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> Final thoughts/Summary...
> Distance and path both impact one station's ability versus another in working
> a target country.
> The distance may be the same between two stations and that target yet one
> station has a huge advantage over another because of the path.
> One station may be closer than another to the target yet the farther station
> has station has a great advantage.
> In other cases the one closer one has the advantage over another station who
> is closer to the target.
> And there are a lot of variables including, but not limited to, the band and
> other propagational factors.
> I think everyone agrees there are certain areas, perhaps even all areas,
> which are overall disadvantaged relative to an area in the far Northeast,
> given that the vast majority of the contacts are made between US/VE and
> The US and Canada combined is a big area, and it may not be possible to level
> anything to any extent in an objective way to allow someone in Missouri or
> Iowa or California, for example, to compete with a VY2 or a W1 in a way that
> everyone could accept as fair.
> The goals would be to stimulate competition, allow more to be excited about
> the competition and to recognize outstanding efforts by those who might not
> be located in a geographical area that would allow them to receive that
> recognition with the current scoring and results reporting.
> I think I am good so far, and that's exactly where I will end.
> 73...Stan, K5GO
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