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Re: [CQ-Contest] Distance-Based Ranking

To: "k9yc@arrl.net" <k9yc@arrl.net>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Distance-Based Ranking
From: Matt Murphy <matt@nq6n.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:16:18 -0600
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I propose something like the following approach to calculating QSO points:

1) One point for every grid square traversed by the signal (the shortest
path between the two stations).
2) Add a point for each of the above grids that are at least 80% covered by
3) Square the result.

On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 12:51 AM, Jim Brown <k9yc@audiosystemsgroup.com>

> On Tue,11/10/2015 3:15 PM, Ward Silver wrote:
>> Distance-based scoring really won't work for bands on which there is a
>> skip zone.
> Horse-pucky!  Scoring rules determine who wants to work whom. For stations
> in Zones 3, 11, 12, 13, 29, 30 to have fun in a DX contest, there must be a
> real desire for other stations to work them. Those zones are remote from
> population centers, and for the most part, there's only 2-3 countries in a
> zone. VK is a continent larger than EU, yet only one country multiplier and
> two zone mults. EU is much smaller than South America, but EU has 5X the
> country multipliers.
> Distances DO matter on bands with skip zones. I cited examples in an
> earlier post. Stations and power being equal, I can work a LOT more mults
> on more bands in IARU, CQ, and ARRL DX contests from W1 than I can from W6.
> We need FAR more than "ranking" by zone or geographical area. We need a
> system where an operator in all but the most remote parts of the world is
> at least in the same contest with those in the Atlantic basin, and where
> his final score is determined by comparison with his geographic peers. It
> IS possible to design scoring rules that achieve this. It's like the US
> Congress -- we simply need the WILL to do it.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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