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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Level playong field
From: "Carol Richards" <n2mm@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:20:39 -0400
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I have been reading the discussions about "leveling the playing field" I am not 
a big gun, no stacks, no 150ft+ towers, and no OWA 5-6 element yagis; just 
someone who likes to contest. Granted, the NE seems to have a decided advantage 
in both the ARRL DX  and WAE contests....but that's all. The playing field is 
skewed towards the south, west,  and mid west in SS, WPX, 10M, and definitely 
skewed to the west in AA and Oceana contests. Even 160m contests are not 
necessarilly dominated by one call area over another. I, on the east coast may 
work 200+ eu, but the west coast may work an equal number of oceana and Far 
East stations. That's life!!!! Knowing that I have little chance to win it all 
doesn't change my attitude. My goal is to finish in the top 10 or top 5 of my 
category and maybe add a few band countries. Contesters make up a very small 
fraction of the ham population and die-hard contesters with super stations even 
a smaller percentage. Most contesters are the average ham
 s who prefer to get on for a small amount of time to work some DX  and give 
out some points. I do the same thing in the OK, CQ-M, etc. contests. I wonder 
if  "Leveling the playing field" is really going to have the impact its 
proponents suggest for the majority of hams. 

Yes it will have an impact on the elite contesters who are disadvantaged. It 
will also have an impact on me, I may no longer score in the top 10. Woe is me 
!!! Will I give up contesting then? Perhaps when I am over 100...and then. 
maybe not.

If we had the same conditions as during the solar cycles in the 50's and 60's, 
I doubt that this discussion would be occurring. Everyone forgets when the w6's 
and w0's and w5's used to dominate DX contests. No one then cried foul.

Just my 2 cents .

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