To Bob, KQ2M -- That was a great exposition on the CQ WPX rules; very
thoughtful. Thanks for writing it. It reminded me of why for a long time it was
a contest that did not interest me.
I am still waiting for someone to reveal what the *un* intended consequences
were of increasing the WPX hours of operation from 30 to 36. I have no idea.
I'm sure nobody remembers, or cares, but it was I who drafted the original
rules for the IARU Radiosport Championship (as we called it) in early 1977. The
Bicentennial Celebration in July 1976 had been such a huge success that it
seemed like a good idea for ARRL/IARU to sponsor an annual, big, summer event.
There were several active contesters at ARRL HQ at the time -- all of us in our
20s -- and, as I recall, after the Bicentennial Celebration we all agreed "that
was very cool." And the Contest Advisory Committee in those days was more
active, and visible, than they are now.
I don't recall when HQ multipliers were added to the IARU HF mix; it was
sometime after I was involved. I worked at ARRL HQ and was "contest editor" and
CAC liaison during the Bicentennial and IARU RS days.
Jim Cain, K1TN/9
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