[CQ-Contest] 2003 CQ 160 Change Coming

Bill Tippett btippett at alum.mit.edu
Wed Nov 21 22:06:54 EST 2001

K5ZD wrote:
<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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