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

To: "Richard DiDonna NN3W" <richnn3w@verizon.net>, "Mats Strandberg" <sm6lrr@gmail.com>, steve.root@culligan4water.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended consequences)
From: steve.root@culligan4water.com
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 22:16:39 +0000
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Or maybe alternate SSB and CW weekends every other year?

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard DiDonna NN3W [mailto:richnn3w@verizon.net]
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 06:48 AM
To: 'Mats Strandberg', steve.root@culligan4water.com
Cc: 'KL7RA', cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended consequences)

Easy. Switch WPX SSB with WPX CW.----- Original Message ----- From: "Mats 
Strandberg" To: Cc: "KL7RA" ; ; "Richard DiDonna NN3W" Sent: Friday, July 22, 
2011 1:25 AMSubject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended 
consequences)>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> 
http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/c2011jun.htm>> 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, A
 lessandro 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 >>> 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. Memoria
 l 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 wo
 uld>> 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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