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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] [YCCC] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite
From: W0MU Mike Fatchett <w0mu@w0mu.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:31:14 -0700
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If you like to run rate then go to the Caribbean or Central America and have a blast! Three years I was at V47 land and all I can say is what a blast! 10m near the bottom of the cycle open to the US would put the rate meter well over 350 contacts per hour. I don't think we got over the 400 mark and this was before affordable laptops and decent logging software, ie the 80's.

CQ WW CW was great fun from J6M but it is a different animal with zone and way more mults to chase around.

If it ain't broke don't fix it. I am not hearing any complaints from the Western US.

Mike W0MU

On 3/6/2013 12:29 PM, Dick Green WC1M wrote:
A few years ago, some idiot on the CAC tried to explore the possibility of 
making ARRL DX a more interesting (i.e., fun) contest. I'm not talking about 
radical proposals like distance-based scoring that got everyone in a tizzy, but 
relatively modest changes to make the contest more inviting to DX and less 
boring for US ops. When some of the CAC's hypothetical discussions about 
possible changes were leaked to the press, violent reactions from certain 
members of the contest community eliminated any stomach for making changes.

The most common argument was, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Others rightly pointed 
out that the current format is very attractive to smaller US stations because "we're the 
DX". It was also suggested that we don't need to stimulate more US participation (true) and 
the DX participation is pretty darned good (also true -- I had some of the biggest runs of my 
contest career in the CW weekend this year.)

These are all good arguments, but participation isn't the only measure of a 
good contest. Fun is important, too, and your experience has been shared by far 
too many contesters.

73, Dick WC1M

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From: k1vv@comcast.net [mailto:k1vv@comcast.net]
Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 9:25 PM
To: hankkier@aol.com
Cc: yccc@yccc.org; cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [YCCC] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite

Maybe something like stamp collecting ... ?

Whitey K1VV

----- Original Message -----
From: hankkier@aol.com
To: cq-contest@contesting.com, yccc@yccc.org
Sent: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 6:45:08 PM
Subject: [YCCC] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite

1 - almost impossible to find a run frequency without stepping on
someone's toes, except on 10 meters

2 - poor participation numbers by DX

3 - reduced # of country multipliers available; probably 25% less than
available in CQWW

4 - voicebox can't handle the traffic!

5 - keep working the same stations on the same bands that we have worked
countless times before


Some stats:

- worked 794 different calls; 1281 total qsos

- just 133 separate stations (11%) gave me 40% of my total QSOs - worked
those on 3 or more bands - virtually ALL of those stations I have worked
in every contest in which I have made any effort - BORING

- 2 or more bands, 237 (18%) stations and 60% of the points!

Need something to increase interest, and participation, of DX stations
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