[CQ-Contest] Let's change the ARRLDX rules

John Laney k4bai at worldnet.att.net
Mon Apr 11 13:59:54 EDT 2005

I don't know that I favor a three band category for ARRL DX Contests.  I 
like to encourage operating even on marginal bands, so I would probably 
prefer only an all band category.  An all band or a single band 
alternative like ARRL has now is OK.  It seems to work well for ARRL and 
CQ Contests.

However, the SP DX Contest, run the first weekend in April each year, 
implemented for the first time this year a Three Band category.  It is 
mixed mode only in this contest, which can otherwise be entered CW, 
Phone, or Mixed.  The experience of the sponsors of that contest could 
tell us something about how that rule change was received.  However, it 
is likely that not everyone noticed the change.  For example, SOTB was 
not a category that could be chosen on the 3830 reporting page.  I 
entered SOTB this year simply because I made contacts only on 15, 20, 
and 40.  If I could have made (even one) QSO on 80 or 10, it would have 
been back to my favorite category, all band, mixed mode.


John, K4BAI.

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