The CQ 160 Contests currently use a DX exchange which consists
of RST + country abbreviation. The latter is redundant with the callsign
and is sometimes confusing since some operators use abbreviations and
some use prefixes (e.g. "ER" can be European Russia or it can be Moldova).
Starting with the 2003 running of the contest, the CQ 160 Committee is
considering changing the DX exchange ONLY and would like your input.
Remember that you must correctly copy this exchange through heavy QRM,
QSB and QRN and it should be easily recognizable for casual contest
participants that haven't read the latest rules.
NOTE: CQ does NOT intend to change the character or record comparability
of the most successful worldwide 160 contest (e.g. change the scoring
based on Grid Square distance like the Stew Perry).
Which of the following do you prefer for the DX exchange in additon to RST:
o Leave "as is" (abbreviations...SI for Slovenia, ER for Russia, etc)
o Nothing (RST only as in ARRL 160)
o Output power (Watts)
o Grid Square
o Serial number
o Zone (WAZ or ITU)
Please vote at http://www.contesting.com/ (bottom of page...NOT HERE!)
73, Bill W4ZV
P.S. A similar survey in March resulted in the CQ Committee implementing
a time format change including consideration of an operating time limit
so they DO consider your inputs!