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Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL DX "Leveling, Handicapping, Equalizing"

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL DX "Leveling, Handicapping, Equalizing"
From: Hank Greeb <n8xx@arrl.org>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2011 16:51:20 -0400
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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 <k5go@cox.net> wrote:
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> Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2011 07:27:25 -0500
> From: Stan Stockton<k5go@cox.net>
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL DX "Leveling, Handicapping, Equalizing"
> To: Tom W8JI<w8ji@w8ji.com>
> Cc: "<w1md@cfl.rr.com>"<w1md@cfl.rr.com>,
>       "<cq-contest@contesting.com>"<cq-contest@contesting.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 
> Europe.
> 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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