On Mon,5/25/2015 10:57 AM, W0MU wrote:
In 30 years how many times has that happened? In 30 years what is the
percentage of Atlantic/East Coast winners compared to the rest of the
field. I suspect these numbers strongly favor the East Coast/Atlantic
From Steve's website:
I've operated FD QRP with a tribander and low dipoles from a 5,000 ft
peak near Monterey, CA. I could hold a run frequency for most of FD on
CW, and had rates around 70/hour at the end of the contest! It's like
stealing candy from a baby. In Steve's case, it's like being at least
1,500 miles closer to whoever you're trying to work.
Yes, Steve's a great op, but his QTH is worth a lot. Another great op,
Trey, N5KO, turns in winning scores for domestic contests from a similar
site (see W6NL) at the edge of Silicon Valley. When I lived in Chicago,
anyone operating there was much louder than anyone from W6.
Someone (Randy or Doug?) did an excellent presentation to CTU in Dayton
this year that I watched online. In it, he showed all the entries for
CQWW plotted as dots on a world map. The greater the distance from the
Atlantic Basin, the fewer the number of dots.
That map is powerful support for my thesis that the current scoring
rules are bad for contesting, because they discourage participation by
anyone outside the Atlantic Basin. Look at W6 as compared to the East
Coast. California is 12% of the US population. I'd bet that fewer than
1% of US entries in CQWW are from W6.
Look at VK/ZL -- population 8% of US. Look at Asia. Even more telling --
look at the writeup in CQ. Top scores are listed by US, by EU, and
"World." Why no listings for SA? For OC? For AS? For AF? The answer is
simple -- they're not in the "old boys' club that makes the scoring
rules! Why do stations in PJ, P4, etc. not bother to try to work SA (and
stations in AF not bother to work AF)? Simple -- it's a 1 point Q,
while the rest of the world is 3 points and has a lot more mults, and
you've got to turn your beam to work them.
The scoring rules define the contest. For major DX contests, they are
73, Jim K9YC
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