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[CQ-Contest] 0 points and "Leveling the playing field"

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] 0 points and "Leveling the playing field"
From: Bill Tippett <btippett@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 07:21:21 -0400
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 >I don't know changing the rules will really effect the overall results.

 >it would go a long ways toward leveling the playing field with my NE M-M's.

         If someone will recalculate all NQ4I CQ WW scores with an 
additional 1000 QSO points (for 1000 zero pointers), I'll bet it 
makes *no difference* in the top MM standings, even assuming the big 
3 (possibly even including K9NS) still get zero points for USA.  I 
also submit that the main reason Rick ranks higher in the WPX is 
because KC1XX, W3LPL and K3LR *do not participate* (i.e. the level of 
MM competition is lower than in CQ WW or ARRL DX).  It has little to 
do with the change from 0 to 1 points for same country QSOs.

         Changing the rules *will* inflate all USA scores and cause 
every CQ WW record set over the past 50+ years to become 
meaningless.  For what purpose?  To supposedly "level the playing 
field"...which it will actually not do.  The latter is a myth that 
has yet to be achieved, even in WRTC.  Isn't it time to stop using 
the term and deluding ourselves?

                                 73,  Bill  W4ZV

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