[CQ-Contest] Reply to: Comparing Apples to Basketballs - Let's change the ARRLDX Contest Rules

Robert Shohet kq2m at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 3 20:16:21 EDT 2005

Hi Paul,

I guess that I did not make myself clear....

I am NOT suggesting that VE's stop giving their Section.
I know that one of the things that give the ARRLDX contest
its Worldwide appeal is the fact that US and Canadian stations
give Sections.  I think that is fine and should continue.

My point is that US and VE stations should count as
separate countries for scoring and awards purposes.

US should compete with US and VE's with VE's.  Just the 
same way DL's compete with DL's and G's with G's!

To do otherwise, is, IMO, completely illogical and
grossly unfair to the US stations.  It really does not matter
whether a US or VE stations wins in a given year, what matters
is that we compare "like to like".  Working below 14.150 or 
21.200 at will, is NOT the same as having to rub elbows
with everyone else above it.

We have separate categories for QRP, LP and HP, and 
for SO vs. M/S, or M/2, or M/M, and Novice vs. Non-novice, etc.
and these are good things!  Likewise, we should have two
separate listings (categories) for TWO SEPARATE COUNTRIES with
two different sets of frequency allocations.  Everything else
can stay the same.

Bob KQ2M

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Shohet" <kq2m at earthlink.net>

> I am more concerned with the incredible disparity and
> advantage offered as to the usable operating frequencies
> for the VE's vs the US stations on SSB in DX contests.

I understand Bob's frustration but I suspect that everyone
outside W/VE would like it to stay the way it is.  From over
here, you're all "Americans" (with apologies to the VEs), and
the presence of the VEs makes ARRL DX more challenging - and
more interesting.  After all, it's relatively easy to work
the 48 states + DC, but a lot harder to get all the Canadian

Perhaps there's an argument for the VEs to be listed separately.
We don't want them as DX :-)

Paul EI5DI

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