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Re: [CQ-Contest] CQWW and 0 pointers

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CQWW and 0 pointers
From: George Fremin III <geoiii@kkn.net>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 07:48:51 -0700
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On Sun, Jul 08, 2007 at 04:22:46PM -0400, Rick Dougherty NQ4I wrote:
> with 2 letters in a call sign too...so it takes another round of 
> transmissions to get their call correctly...I sure don't want my UBN rate 
> affected by the non-contestors who call and we bust their call!

And right now - all of those broken USA calls do not affect your
score but if you get one point for each one they will lower your score.

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

I do not think I would like to see this change to the CQ WW point 
structure.  I operate contests from a much more Europe disadvantaged
and I do not see how getting 1 point per QSO with the USA would 
change my position in the top ten.  I operated MM from Texas for 
around 10 in the CQ WW contest and I do not see how this change would
make it possible to win this contest. In 1986 through a lot of 
hard work and a fair amount of luck the N5AU station in Texas 
won the CQ WW MM SSB contest.

> example of this is how much more fairer the cqwpx contest has become since 
> they give one points for same country...

The CQ WPX contest can be won (or do well score wise) from more places
that the CQ WW for several reasons - and this has been true before 
the 1 point for your own country rule.

 - Mults count once period - not per band.
 - Mults are all over the place and generally the more 
   contacts you make the more mults you make.

 - For single ops - only 36 hours - it was even more "fair" with 
   the 30 hour time limit.  It is much easier to fine 30 decent hours
   than 48 - the further from Europe you live.
 - And - yes there is a bit less competition generally.

> that this is still a dx contest...until I can work as many as the other 
> M-M's, we will still be playing  catch up....but if I had 6.25 more hours to 
> find and work other stations my score would also reflect that...go figure?

The thing that would level the play field the most would be make the
mult zones only - if that is what you want to do - the IARU is a great
example of this - when it was a zones only contest you could win from
many different places that were not close to Europe.  Now that the
mults are Zones + Countries in the IARU the scores (mults) are lower
the further you are from mult rich Europe.

One other comment.  One of the things that I like about the various contests
is that they are different.  If they all had the same rules and point
structure overall they would be less interesting.

George Fremin III - K5TR

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