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Re: [CQ-Contest] Level Playing Field and Geography

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Level Playing Field and Geography
From: Jim Brown <k9yc@audiosystemsgroup.com>
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Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 18:02:47 -0700
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On Mon,5/25/2015 5:05 PM, Steve Sacco NN4X wrote:
Perhaps all entries should be graded on a curve? /sarc

A concept I've toyed with is for stations within each geographic region are assigned a handicap based on how their scores compare to other scores in the same region. For example, stations in W1 make a logical region. ARRL sections SNJ, NLI, ENY, NNJ, WDC, DE, and EPA might make another one. WNY, NNY, WPA, OH, MI, WV, and the ON sections might be another. Canada east of VE3 another. And so on. A station's final score in a contest would be adjusted based on a factor proportional to his score and the average of all scores in his region.

This simple concept (simple now, thanks to computing power) could be part of leveling the playing field in a lot of contests. The other half of it is changing the scoring rules so that more stations want to work each other. This might involved redefining what counts as a multiplier, or perhaps eliminating multipliers and going to distance-based scoring, like the Stew Perry.

K6XX, for example, has long suggested counting entities within the European Union as a single multiplier. Don't like all those lovely EU multipliers going away? How about call area multipliers for VK and ZL, and multipliers for JA prefectures?

All of these suggestions are VERY easily implemented with computers that are on all of our desks. Heck -- I've seen scoring rules changes added to N1MM Plus in a week! With this sort of change, CQWW actually BECOMES a WW contest, rather than a party for the privileged class.

73, Jim K9YC
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