[CQ-Contest] [NCCC] Annual Suggestion
K1AR at aol.com
K1AR at aol.com
Mon Feb 19 21:21:03 EST 2007
In a message dated 2/19/2007 9:09:41 PM Eastern Standard Time,
vhfplus at bmg50.com writes:
A quick look at the 3830 reflector reported scores show that few SO
entries operate anywhere near 48 hours. Some did not report times but of
those who did the Iron Man (person?) was LZ4AX at K3CR with 44 hours,
then W3EF at 43, W6QU (W8QZA op) at 42, N4PN at 41 and AA3B and N3BB at
40. A vast majority of the top-scoring SO's, reported so far, were in
the mid to upper 30's for time spent on-air.
This maybe an indication that the contest community is graying but it is
also a strong indication that few of us, even the most dedicated contest
operators, are interested in a 48-hour marathon. That would lend
credence to Rick's annual suggestion that 36 hours out of 48 would be a
sensible change. It seems to work in the WPX contest and adds an element
of skill/luck in selecting off times which makes things interesting.
This has as much to do with solar conditions as anything. When the sun wakes
up, there will be plenty to do for 48 hours. That's just not the case now.
Frankly, and no pun intended, this debate is tiring. We don't need more
categories. There are already too many. Just ask anyone who is on the admin side
of the table. As it stands now for the CQ WW contest, nearly 2% of all entries
receive a plaque and over 1/3 win a certificate for their operating
If we introduced a 36-hour group, a subset of those operators who continue
to "lose" in their newly created category would want to parse it further. It's
an endless downward spiral.
My two cents.
73 John, K1AR
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