It is not so crazy. It is, after all, the World Radiosport TEAM
Competition. Lots of Olympic teams are picked on non-statistical bases - think
The question of how low power qualifications fits in also makes sense. The
real individual competition is in the high power classes.Basketball players
are selected on their performances in the NBA, or in some cases the NCAA.
They are not the best players in the D-Leagues, even if there are some very
good players in the D-Leagues.
A single individual can have a lot more effect in a M/S operation than in a
M/M operation. And a M/2 with two operators is a lot more like a single op
effort than a M/2 with six operators.
I've not been there, but I would think that, as in other team sports, team
chemistry plays an important role in team radiosport competitions. For a
serious competitor, there is no reason to select an inferior teammate because
of personal friendships.
73 - Jim K8MR
In a message dated 5/20/2012 7:47:18 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Always amazes me, the whole WRTC process. 50% of the participants have
qualified to go, yet go every event. Now these, non-qualifiers can operate
the entire contest just by virtue of being long time friends of the
qualifiers. Don't get me wrong, long time friends of great operators, are
mostly, or at least used to be, great operators. But they often could not
have qualified for the current event, yet they sit there competing, why?
We are really kidding ourselves to call that system the amateur radio
Olympics folks. Can you imagine the REAL Olympics is the relay team was
made up of 2 people who qualified to be there and 2 people with some other
reason to get the nod?
A real Olympic competition would be made up of only those who have
personally qualified to be there and by doing as close to as possible what
would be expected during the completion. To limit Multi-2 submissions and
then turn it into a M2 contest is ironic. It adds to the irony of
low power contest competition but then holding the contest with low power.
In my opinion, everyone who competes should have earned the right to be
there and what they are doing competing should as closely resemble what got
them there as possible. Anything else is a political game, honestly.
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