Location is more of a factor in winning than skill. You are correct
there will never be a fair playing field but have contest organizers
tried to limit the location factor. Not really.
To me the overlay categories are consolation prizes. Lets give everyone
a ribbon for trying.
We do it for fun.
Should the rules out of the box favor places like PJ, W1, D4, etc? A
contestant in Colorado or Wyoming or Minnesota should have as good a
shot at winning as does a W1. It will never happen though. When a
small station with a low tribander on east coast can run EU all day
working stuff I can't hear, I have no shot with the current rules.
You have two major population centers making hay with each other while
the rest of us get scraps.
On 12/3/2013 8:56 AM, John Boudreau wrote:
I've been following this thread with interest but I strongly feel there seems to be a basic misconception about amateur
radio contesting in general and that has to do with the issue of "fairness". There should never be ANY
expectation of fairness in this game because it just isn't possible. The overriding factors of location, location, and
location preclude any attempts to make a "level playing field". Even reasonable sounding ideas like distance
based scoring still cannot erase the overwhelming advantage of being in the "right" place, depending on which
contest we're talking about. "Fairness" is not a part of radio contesting (or DXing for that matter). Once
people can get past that they'll have a lot more fun. It's not that its un-fair to anyone, it's just that fairness
isn't part of the equation.
For CQWW, the current timing, rules, and scoring has resulted in the most popular
radiosport event in the world. Why would anyone want to change anything? The
implementation of the overlay categories is a stroke of genius that allows for unlimited
possibilities for a "contests within a contest" so why not make full use of
this excellent feature. Distance scoring overlays, limited time categories, QRP-only,
easter eggs, whatever. It is perfect for satisfying whatever perceived needs there are
for modifications to the basic contest rules.
If you want to "win" CQWW it is not a secret how it is done. Learn how to be a
first-rate contest operator, buy property in the right place, and spend $100,000 on
equipment and antennas. Make this investment and you -might- just have a shot at
winning...a $50 plaque and the fleeting admiration of your peers. The good news is that
anyone and everyone can just jump in and have fun regardless of their skill level,
location, or setup, and have a blast. And they do, in absolutely astounding numbers.
Did I mention that it is the most popular contest in the world? Why change a thing?
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