I understand Charlie's point of view.
And conversely, although I don't have the stats, I feel its a pretty popular
contest in Europe.
At ED5T we like the ARRL format for multi-single. It’s a no-brainer. Point your
antennas to the states and leave them parked. No cluster. No second station.
Just get on and operate. There's even time to sleep in the morning! Oh, and we
never notice a shortage of left coasters to work except up in those far-away
Canadian outposts. I guess it’s the same for most EU stations. But as Charlie
says, maybe not too conducive to getting more off-the-beaten-track folks to
Another decisive fact for us to do ARRL is the dates, better for all of us than
Russian DX or CQWPX, easter usually gets in the way of one or other or both,
hence we are... ARRL fans :). CU in the SSB leg!
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of James
Sent: miércoles, 20 de febrero de 2013 6:32
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Why few "odd" mults around
Charly -- Perhaps some of your "boredom" happens because there are fewer
western U.S. stations on the air during ARRL DX than during CQ WW DX? In 2011,
logs received from the western U.S.:
CQ WW DX = 346
ARRL DX = 296
And logs received from our friends in Japan:
CQ WW DX = 501
ARRL DX = 256
Which precipitates the obvious question, why are 50 western U.S.
stations active during CQWW but dark during ARRL DX? Why do half of the JA
stations choose to skip ARRL DX?
I can't speak for those many stations but like you I am much more enthusiastic
about the upcoming CQ WPX CW in May than I was for ARRL DX. Much of my lack of
enthusiasm for ARRL DX comes from the scoring rules -- 3 points per QSO
regardless of band or distance. It is illogical to me that 10000 km earns the
same points as 1000 km. If ARRL adopted a more modern scoring system (like CQ
WW has) that would give more points to long distance than short distance, and
more points for low bands than high bands, then perhaps more western US and
non-EU stations would participate in ARRL DX.
Hope to work you in CQ WPX CW in May! -- 73 Jim K6OK
> In all ARRL DX contests, I am an "odd" mult here in Thailand. I would
> like to work these contests more, and feel my semi-rare mult status
> would be especially appreciated to work, but I operate these contests
> very little due to boredom. I suspect other "wanted" mults in my
> situation react the same way.
> To enjoy ARRL contests, I have to be heard in the USA. Even with some
> positive propagation, USA is beaming exclusively to EU and I can not
> be heard.
> Too, few USA look for and beam my way except for short times, usually
> late in the contest. Well, I must tell you, it is no fun to wait
> around for the occasional USA station to work because of these trends.
> Thus, I just go off to the WARC bands and skip ARRL contests.
> I think my situation is similar to all of SA, Africa, VK/ZL, and parts
> of Asia. So, USA operators, if you miss we "odd" mults, you will find
> us on the WARC bands actually making contacts instead of snoozing and
> waiting for an ARRL contest contact.
> C U in the CQ contests. 73,
> Charly, HS0ZCW
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