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Subject: [CQ-Contest] QTH disadvantage
From: Cqtestk4xs@aol.com
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:55:47 -0500 (EST)
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I moved to KH6 in 2006 knowing that the boys in the big basin south  of the 
US would have an advantage over me in the DX contests and in the domestic  
contests.  Granted it ain't like moving to HS, but the concept remains the  
same.  If I finished behind a good station like a ZF in the ARRL, no big  
No way was I going to do well in the NAQP since I was out of sync  with the 
band flow of the contest.  However, I found contests I could do  well in 
and did those.  The WAE was near impossible to do well in but I  enjoyed the 
huge runs for the few hours at the bottom of the cycle that the  bands were 
open to EU.
Dave, NH2T does very well in DX contests with a very modest  set up..a 40- 
ft tower.
The solution, if you want to be competitive is to QSY, not to the  USA, but 
to one of the neighboring "rare"countries in SEA.   :-)
By the way, the AA and Oceania contests are tough from the east  coast, but 
I'll get on sometimes just to give out a Q.  IOTA isn't a  whole lot of fun 
if you don't live on an island, but I'll hand a  Q or  2 in that one too.  
You don't have to be competitive to  participate.
In a message dated 11/28/2013 2:11:17 A.M. Coordinated Universal Tim,  
hs0zcw@gmail.com writes:

It is  very telling that, until an American ham like me and lately Bob
(N6BK+HS),  move to South East Asia that we realize just how much ARRL and
many CQ  contests are skewed to serve the good ole USA/NA hams.  Being in
SEA  has shown me that many of these skewed contests are really more like
WAE or  other localized contests, these favor USA/NA.

In earlier msg here, I  pointed this out in detail, but interestingly not
one of five responders  got the skewing but instead invited me to move back
to USA.  I tried  to explain why hams outside USA are not wildly
enthusiastic about getting  on to help USA hams have a higher score.  But,
these are not "our"  contests out here in the rest of the world.  When the
295,000 licensed  hams in Thailand upgrade to HF privileges, we will be the
"second  JAs"  and the world may tilt a little more fairly.  Big smile  and
no kidding.

73, Charly HS0ZCW

On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at  5:35 AM, Bob Kupps <n6bk@yahoo.com> wrote:

>  >>>>Bob:  I think the history of this is that it was done to  encourage
> expeditions for the contests to North American island  countries in the
> Caribbean.  It did that and their being there  made those
> multipliers available to everyone.  It would be hard  to change the rule
> now that so many people have so heavily invested in  stations in the
> North American
> Caribbean.  Welcome back  to contesting.  Maybe we worked this weekend
> from PJ4A (a  Caribbean  multiplier in  South America).  If not, hope  to
> work you again soon while we have good conditions to your part of  the
> world.  Keep up the good work.  73, John, K4BAI.
>  Well John I just can't believe that all those Caribbean stations would
>  take down their towers and go home should they be required to play by  
> same rules as everyone else. If I were competing in NA I certainly  
> care to look at my score in the rankings knowing it was  handicapped.  73 
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