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Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended consequences)

To: steve.root@culligan4water.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended consequences)
From: Mats Strandberg <sm6lrr@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:25:20 +0400
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I agree with Randy...  To find another weekend for WPX that does not
interfer with other major and more or less established contests is extremely
difficult.  Just check SM3CER Contest calendar for May
http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/c2011may.htm and June

With all respect to Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the
summer... the WPX is a World-Wide contest that also involve a lot of other
participants than Americans. The timing of WPX CW is actually quite ideal,
with both chances for DX contacts and interesting Sporadic E openings on the
higher bands.

I see no reason to start wrestling with other contests before and after the
WPX weekend. Thos include among others:

CQ-M Contest, Alessandro Volta RTTY (2 weeks before)
King of Spain CW, Baltic Contest, UNDX Contest (1 week before)
IARU Region 1 Fieldday CW Contest (1 week after)
CACW WWSA CW Contest  (2 weeks after)
All Asian DX CW (3 weeks after)

73 de RA/SM6LRR, Mats

2011/7/21 <steve.root@culligan4water.com>

> Very true. In addition, this year we had several lines of severe
> thunderstorms roll through over the course of the weekend. I would have had
> significant down time waiting for the lightnng to go away. Add in the high
> absorbtion idicies and it was another weekend to get some fishing in. To bad
> WPX CW isn't in early April...
> 73 Steve K0SR
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard DiDonna NN3W [mailto:richnn3w@verizon.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 08:45 PM
> To: 'KL7RA', cq-contest@contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended consequences)
> Rich, I think part of the problem with WPX is not the operating rules but
> the weekend on which it is held. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial
> start of summer, and a lot of people skip town that weekend. I have never,
> ever been able to compete seriously in WPX because to do so would eventually
> involve two attorneys and a division of assets.Move it one week back or a
> couple weeks forward or switch it with WPX SSB and I guarantee you'd have
> more people getting on....73 Rich NN3W----- Original Message ----- From:
> "KL7RA" To: Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:37 PMSubject: [CQ-Contest] WPX
> & activity (Was: intended consequences)> >Why is the WPX-RTTY 30 hours?>>
> The 30 hour format seems to allow more ops outside the normal "win"> zone to
> make the top ten if running Europe allows a better score.>> In 2011 the top
> ten claimed for the WPX CW shows only one station> outside of the
> MA,NH,CT,NY, PA win zone and that was N2IC who> has an excellent location in
> NM. If the contest was 30
>  hours or Steve> was operating in the "win" zone with his skills I would
> expect his score> would have been higher.>> The top ten in the 2011 WPX RTTY
> with 30 hours has more outside> the zone like TN, OH, AZ, VA.>> It is what
> it is and I doubt there is any rule to fix the win zone > advantage> in a
> fair way but limiting op time to equalize propagation between east> and west
> seems to help level the field a little.>> Half that enter the WPX surveyed
> want to leave it as is which is good> enough for me, but to hear someone in
> Connecticut say, "increasing the> original WPX from 30 to 36 hours was a
> good thing", I have to ask,> "a good thing for you, sir, or those if us in
> the west?">> 73 Rich KL7RA (Northwest, even worse)>>>>>>>
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