[CQ-Contest] A New Perspective [was:WRTC Spot/Log Correlation]

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mts.net
Thu Sep 7 21:58:46 EDT 2006

My problem with Ev's suggestion is it seems to operate from the premise that 
contests are merely about everybody trying to climb to the top of one very 
large mountain.

Since many contests place a good deal of operators in disadvantaged 
positions (under the Black Hole, behind the Aurora curtain, etc.), for 
these, the most that some operators can hope for is to climb to the top of 
their smaller hill. The ARRL 10 is a good example: at the bottom of the 
cycle, we might have openings for half the time and to half the places that 
W. Central Florida might get. So I could have 2x10/10/10/10/10 in an H-frame 
and still have one-quarter the score of a ham in Tampa with a kt34 at 50 
feet. (But imagine the engineering involved!)

Which is why the ARRL takes pains to point out success stories on smaller 
scales than just the Marylander at Arecibo.

The idea might play well in a DX contest on the East Coast, where there is a 
large number of rival stations all facing similar propagation, but not for 

Anarchy is good fodder for punk rock songs. Not sure I'm crazy about it for 
contest rules.

73, kelly

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kenneth E. Harker" <kenharker at kenharker.com>
To: "CQ Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 8:15 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] A New Perspective [was:WRTC Spot/Log Correlation]

> On Thu, Sep 07, 2006 at 03:48:43PM -0700, Radiosporting Fan wrote:
>> I'll try framing things another way...
>> What if categories (as they are established and
>> defined by the contest sponsor in today's world) were
>> *replaced* by requiring stations to reveal the
>> conditions under which *they* attained the score that
>> they did?
> Operators that are inclined to cheat today would
> still lie about the conditions under which they attained
> their scores.
> -- 
> Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
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