It's called "Point/Counterpoint":Re: [CQ-Contest] SS observations ( kinda long)

tgstewart at tgstewart at
Mon Nov 5 16:30:30 EST 2001

I agree.  When the Western US guys can no longer run stations on 10 and 15 
meters in SS at more than 80 an hour on CW, the contest should be over. ;)

73, Ty K3MM

David O Hachadorian <k6ll at>
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11/05/2001 06:29 AM

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        Subject:        Re: [CQ-Contest] SS observations ( kinda long)

On Sun, 4 Nov 2001 23:03:35 EST KI9A at writes:
> Well, I sit here Sunday night after another fun SSCW.  I can't help 
> to ponder 
> if (when?) the CAC may change the SS rules to help cure the Sunday 
> doldrums.

I totally agree. This contest is WAY too long, and high
power is completely unnecessary. The USA/Canada wreck the
bands worldwide. Sunday is a boring drag,
and the top scores all start to converge, because there
is a limited pool of stations to work. This scoring
convergence itself is a powerful indicator that the game is

My recommendation would be to enhance this contest by changing
it to 18 out of 24 hours, low power or QRP only. CW could
be even shorter, but 18 seems to be a reasonable compromise
between CW and SSB, where there are more stations to work.
The 24 hour period would span an entire diurnal propagation
cycle, helping to equalize conditions geographically.

I have sent copies of this message to all members of the 
ARRL Contest Advisory Committee, and urge others to likewise
express their opinion to the people who make the rules.
Their e-mail addresses should be in the header of this message,
and are also listed below.

Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
Yuma, AZ
K6LL at

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