[CQ-Contest] An Innocent Question...

Dennis Ponsness wb0wao at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 17 00:32:09 EDT 2005

As another poster stated, the main reason is that there is NO HF Grid based 
award - other than the new CQ-DX Field Award (and that only gives credit for 
the Field, not the Grids).  That is a major oversight IMHO as we all know 
that one of the major reasons that the casual contesters are QRV is that 
they use the 'tests to advaince their personal award goals - 

If one of the majors decided to offer a new award based on 4 character 
Grids, they would need to either sponsor a new contest _or_ modify the 
exchange in an existing contest to support that award.  For example, you 
could replace the universal 59(9) signal report with the 4 character grid in 
just about any contest - when was the last time you received/logged anything 
_other_ than 59(9)!

I would be willing to bet that _if_ the ARRL decided to implement a grid 
based HF award and then sponsor a new 'test to support such an award, it 
would become a fairly popular contest.


Dennis - WB0WAO

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