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Re: [CQ-Contest] How to make WRTC more like the Olympics?

To: "Jeff Clarke" <ku8e@bellsouth.net>, cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] How to make WRTC more like the Olympics?
From: steve.root@culligan4water.com
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:31:49 +0000
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Define "Midwest". This speaks to the main reason why the current qualification 
process is so deeply flawed. The "regions" defined have always been based on 
population and NOT with any regard (or even the dimmest understanding) of real 
propagation. It won't make any difference if you create qualifying events. The 
same small number of people in favorable locations will continue to qualify, 
and the rest of us won't.

That being said, I agree with Hans and others who have pointed out that half 
the field is comprised of "best friends" who didn't necessariy qiualify for 
anything. That's unfair and just plain wrong.

73 Steve K0SR

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Clarke [mailto:ku8e@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:59 PM
To: cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] How to make WRTC more like the Olympics?

Here's an idea. How about having three regional qualifying events that are held 
during the three IARU contests before the year of the actual WRTC? Use the same 
rules and the similar FD type setups that are used in the real WRTC. Each team 
would provide their own station, generator, antenna mast and antennas. Anyone 
who is a resident in one of the regions could apply to be a participant in one 
of these events.To pull this off you would need contest clubs in the different 
regions to provide volunteers to help run these events. This wouldn't be too 
expensive to do since each team would pay their own expenses for the right to 
qualify.I could envision in the US regional events being held in the Northeast, 
Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West Coast and Pacific Northwest. There are 
major contest clubs in about all these regions. I'm sure this same concept 
could be used for other countries outside the US.This would greatly level the 
playing field because most of the people who qualify
  usually operate from a decent station to get in. There are exceptions to this 
rule but it's not common. K4BAI and I qualified for WRTC 2006 in Brazil and 
neither of the two of us have a big station. We got lucky and things just fell 
into place for us to sneak in.Every good contester should have the opportunity 
to get to operate a WRTC. That trip to Brazil was and still is the highlight of 
my contesting career. I'm so grateful to my friend K4BAI for picking me as his 
teammate because with the current qualifying rules it would have only been a 
dream to make it there.Jeff KU8E and PW5Y in WRTC-2006Sent from my Verizon 
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