[CQ-Contest] ARRL Contest Rules and Canada

ku8e@bellsouth.net ku8e at bellsouth.net
Thu Apr 7 11:09:22 EDT 2005

   While it's hard to be sympathic to someone on the East Coast griping about a disadvantage in a 
  DX contest I have to agree with KQ2M on his comments 100%....

    No disrespect to my Canadian contesting friends but why does Canada  need to be considered 
  the same as a US state in ARRL sponsored contests.  Canada has their own radio 
  society - the RAC. The ARRL is the organization that represents those of us in the USA - not Canada.
  The rules and frequency allocations in Canada are different then the US. This gives them and 
  advantage over us in the states.  You have a "huge" advantage if you could run EU below 14150 and 
  in the clear as compared to fighting for the band edge like the big S/O and M/M US stations do. Don't 
  even get me started on 40 meter phone. 

     I think Canada should be made a separate country in ARRL sponsored contests. Have you ever
  worked a NWT, YT, and NU all in the same ARRL contest?? If you have you are in a small minority.
  You should look at ARRL DX as being similar to contests like the WAE or All-Asia. The objective is 
  for the rest of the world to work the US... like the object for us in WAE is to work EU.  SS should be
 domestic championship for the US and not include Canada. The support from Canada is poor to 
 begin with anyway.  I think if you would ask your average VE contester and most of them would 
 probably favor these changes....

Jeff, KU8E

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