What's a dbworth

k0od at MO.NET k0od at MO.NET
Tue Aug 8 21:18:43 EDT 1995

Recently I wrote that increasing a station's ERP one db might add 10% to 
its DX contest score. Several replies indicated 10% seemed a bit 
overstated. The last time I looked at this subject was a few years ago. 
Today, I took a look at some recent CQWW CW results by power level. Here 
are scores from the 1993 contest which are fairly typical of CQWW CW 

            Highest QRP score (AA2U).................   763,000
            Second highest low power score (K2SG).... 1,845,000
            Third highest high power score (K5ZD/1).. 5,569,000

 Notice the big difference between low power and high power scores. It 
seems the advantage of an extra db actually increases at higher power 
levels. Moral: If you are currently really loud, getting even louder is 
well worth the effort. Or, life is too short for 100 watts, too. 
       Jeff K0OD  St. Louis, MO  USA
            e-mail:   k0od at mo.net

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