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Re: [CQ-Contest] Principles behind multipliers

To: "'Kenneth E. Harker'" <kenharker@kenharker.com>,<CQ-Contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Principles behind multipliers
From: "Joe Subich, K4IK" <k4ik@subich.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 15:30:47 -0400
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> By principle 1, we don't need to make Big Bend National Park 
> (for example) its own multiplier even if we were to make DC a 
> separate multiplier, because the park's location inside the 
> Texas (state) or West Texas (section) multiplier already ensures 
> geographic completeness.  It is already inside a member of the 
> set whose union completely covers the target multiplier area.  
> The park's status as federal land is completely irrelevant to 
> the physical geography problem posed in the selection of 
> relevant multipliers.

Based on this, DC is fully contained within Maryland even though 
it is separately administered just as Big Bend National Park is 
administered separately from Texas.  

> Personally, I don't really care one way or another.  It might 
> be nice not make newcomers or casual contesters have to struggle 
> with DC's status with each new contest they try, but on the other 
> hand it's not like we should have every contest be exactly the 
> same - variety is a good thing.  The most important thing, in my 
> opinion, is completeness and clarity in the rules.

In only care as it relates to the "multipliers for the sake of 
multipliers."  The legitimate bases for multipliers in general 
purpose contests are: 1) states and provinces, 2) call areas, 
3) zones, 4) grids/fields, 5) "countries" (DXCC).  Specialty 
contests might use: 1) Counties (state QSO parties), 2) Islands 
(IOTA), 3) Sections (Sweepstakes), etc.   I certainly do not see 
where DC fits as a multiplier under any rational criteria. 

When it comes to NAQP, I would expect to see Mexican provinces 
added to the multiplier list long before DC.  


   ... Joe, K4IK 
PS. Add 4U1WB and foreign embasies/consulates to the list of 
   "entities" that should qualify as multipliers if DC is 
    made a multiplier in NAQP.  


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