This is indeed a great first prize! More contests should do the same :-)
That said, the importance of the prize will likely vary across participants.
To me, personally, competing against high performance contesters and well
equipped stations is where the fun and excitement is. In other words, winning
over, say, K5ZD is more important than the 10 days on the beach and thus,
personally, I would rather forgo the smaller contest with a better prize in
favor of the much bigger and more competitive one with only a plaque.
Then there are the contesters that participate to work that rare DXpedition.
Can the smaller contest motivate people to sponsor and do DXpeditions?
My point is that the concept is great and long over-due. It will bring more fun
and possibly new ways of looking at the operators, their stations, and winning
strategies. And precisely because of that execution should be thoughtful to
maximize the impact of the sponsors' investments.
On Mar 11, 2012, at 9:12 PM, Jack/W6NF <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 3/11/2012 5:08 PM, Rudy Bakalov wrote:
>> There is no need for a new contest. CQ WPX already announced a plaque for
>> the highest combined SSB CW RTTY score.
>> Rudy N2WQ
> Ah, but do they offer, as a first prize, hotel accommodations for 10
> days in the Greek Isles? That *is* a different twist!
> Jack, W6NF
> Silver Springs, NV
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