[CQ-Contest] Doubts on the WPX Contest

k8cc k8cc at mediaone.net
Tue Apr 4 18:30:48 EDT 2000

At 02:47 PM 4/4/00 +0300, Valeri Stefanov wrote:

>I think both sides could be easily satisfied
>(I4JMY and others) ,if Steve and the WPX
>committee accepts just a slight change :
>To count prefixes on each band as separate
>multipliers for SOAB,M/S and M/M entrants.

In my view, this would make WPX even less interesting.  By working new 
mults on every band, virtually every QSO would be a new multiplier, so 
there would be no reason to look for mults, or even strategize about 
them.  Even now, there is very little reason to worry about mults - our 
KT8X m/m effort in the past SSB contest had 1369 mults in 7401 QSOs - 
that's almost one mult every five QSOs.

If you want strategy, look at the IARU HF championship where the ratio of 
QSOs to multipliers is very high - in some categories approaching 
20:1.  Granted, the need for strategy is increased because mults are 
counted by band, but the main factor is that there are few multipliers to 
begin with.

"Rate-fest" contests can be exciting, but boring without multipliers being 



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