[CQ-Contest] 2003 CQ 160 Change Coming
btippett at alum.mit.edu
Wed Nov 21 22:06:54 EST 2001
<Even smarter, why not make it just 24 hours?
Here's one reason. In this year's CQ 160 CW, propagation varied
dramatically from the first night to the second. I did an informal
poll of all stations (multi-op and single-op) scoring 400K or higher.
While not revealing calls since we shared this information informally,
here are the extremes reported by two East Coast station at different
Latitude %EU Day1 %EU Day2
North (>40N) 94.8 5.2
South (<35N) 16.1 83.9
In my experience on 160, this is not unusual at all. Furthermore
there is usually one evening that has much higher QRN than the other. Two
days gives a better chance for decent conditions than one day only would.
73, Bill W4ZV
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