A quick look at the 3830 reflector reported scores show that few SO
entries operate anywhere near 48 hours. Some did not report times but of
those who did the Iron Man (person?) was LZ4AX at K3CR with 44 hours,
then W3EF at 43, W6QU (W8QZA op) at 42, N4PN at 41 and AA3B and N3BB at
40. A vast majority of the top-scoring SO's, reported so far, were in
the mid to upper 30's for time spent on-air.
This maybe an indication that the contest community is graying but it is
also a strong indication that few of us, even the most dedicated contest
operators, are interested in a 48-hour marathon. That would lend
credence to Rick's annual suggestion that 36 hours out of 48 would be a
sensible change. It seems to work in the WPX contest and adds an element
of skill/luck in selecting off times which makes things interesting.
Eric Hilding wrote:
> <annual suggestion>
> After reading many "I couldn't operate more than 30, 35 or 40 hours" type
> comments in 3830 posts, it's that time again for my Annual Suggestion to add
> a "36 out of 48 Hours" category (or something like that) to the ARRL DX
> Contest for those of us in the Geriatric Generation.
> I appreciated the past supportive comments of AL, D4B/4L5A, and others who
> also believe that such a Category might actually increase activity. OF's who
> aren't willing to make a serious effort or sacrifice their health knowing
> they can't (or won't) be able to do the entire 48 hours are more likely to go
> like proverbial bats-out-of-h*ll for 36 hours in the chance to competitively
> win something.
> </annual suggestion>
> Rick, K6VVA
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