[CQ-Contest] OK OK OK heres an answer SS changes

Bill Coleman aa4lr at arrl.net
Wed Nov 14 09:41:37 EST 2001

On 11/7/01 12:10 AM, Leigh S. Jones at kr6x at kr6x.com wrote:

>The result is that the beginning of the contest is a
>surge of high rates with everyone feeling great about
>their results.  But at the end of the contest, with fatigue
>setting in we are generally unprepared for the dearth
>of stations available to be contacted.

That's just the nature of SS.

I did some number crunching on a few of my best SS Phone logs recently. I 
found that more than 60% of the QSOs came in the first 12 hours. Not the 
first 12 operating hours, mind, but the first 12 CLOCK hours.

The reality is that as the contest progresses, with each station we work, 
the probability of finding an unworked decreases slightly. 

It's a fundamental part of the rules -- it's part of the challenge of SS.

If you change it, you end up with another contest.

Bottom line: If you want a short, 12 hour contest where you can work 
anyone on any band -- then I expect you to be on the air for both the 
Winter and Summer runs of the NAQP.

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
Quote: "Not within a thousand years will man ever fly!"
            -- Wilbur Wright, 1901

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