[CQ-Contest] Barking up the wrong ARRL DX tree

W0uo@cs.com W0uo at cs.com
Mon Apr 4 12:16:45 EDT 2005

Scott, thanks for at least admitting that geography creates an advantage.  
Also, I am thankful that you have made a distinction between rules and score reporting. My reading of most contest rules does not support the kind of score reporting done in the contest writeups.  Top ten lists, top five lists or, on some occasions top two lists, are not provided for in the rules and are, for the most part, editorial policy.  This kind of policy should change, as, I believe, many really worthwhile efforts go unrecognized.  The ARRL's regional lists are an imperfect step in the right direction.  I'd like to see other contest sponsors adopt and, hopefully improve on, that kind of policy.  I'm sure many others agree.  Otherwise, the path to recognition means to subordinate every other part of our lives to that end.  A truly unbalanced set of priorities.


"Scott R." <w4pa at yahoo.com> wrote:

>>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!
>>I am very interested to read what other contesters think about this
>>situation.  I think that it is time to change the rules.  What do YOU
>>Bob KQ2M
>Bob - 
>In a nutshell:  I think "tough cookies".  K1ZM saw an advantage,
>exploited it, and has apparently won both modes of ARRL DX.  Good for
>him.  I'd do the same thing if I could work it out.  There have been
>plenty of ARRL DX SSB single op wins from the United States.  
>My view:  the problem is not one of below/above 14150.  The problem is
>that DX contesting essentially is a non-competitive exercise for the
>vast majority of the United States and Canada.  Until the scoring for
>DX contests is based on the distance of the contact rather than just
>the sheer number of contacts and countries contacted, there is little
>sense in making any other changes to rules or score reporting for the
>The only solution, if you want to compete, is to go to where the
>geographic advantage exists.  Atlantic Canada is as good a spot as any.
>Scott W4PA
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