[CQ-Contest] WHAT IF

Jim Neiger n6tj at sbcglobal.net
Sun Feb 25 13:40:17 EST 2007

Why we're all in the formative stages of What Ifing from Randy's excellent 
notions, may I add a couple additional ideas?  Thank you.

(1)  Our ARRL National Contest Journal take on the sponsorship of these 
Contests Within A Contest.

         Comment:  The NCJ is frequently soliciting input to fill the pages. 
Contest results a couple time a year, what's wrong with
                           publishing a few pages of interesting contest 
results too??  The NCJ already has national circulation (duh) and
                           perhaps this would add to its international 
flavor.  The CQ Contest Magazine that K3EST engineered until its
                           premature demise was excellent, and perhaps with 
some infusion of enthusiasm, help, sponsorship, and
                          awards - the NCJ can become more than it is today.

          Comment:  An NCJ Contest Committee be formed to administer the 
Parallel Contests.  (We should have no difficulty
                           attracting  enough 'volunteers' to add this 
Prestige to their contesting resume's.)

(2)  Initially, at least, these Parallel Contests be restricted to the four 
48 hour behemoth's:  CQ WW DX and ARRL DX.  (The other MAJOR - CQ WPX - 
already allows one to operate less than 48 hours, and compete).

(3)  The Parallel categories are restricted to Single Operator.  Do we still 
have UNASSISTED and ASSISTED classes?  One thought would be to just have it 
ASSISTED.  Anyone can use packet, or not, but you're all in the same 
category - so do whatever works best for you?

(4)  12-hours or 24-hours????  Maybe both.  If the sponsor can manage 24 
hours, probably it can manage 12 hours, too.

(5)  Each competitor submits his entire log for adjudication.  He can be in 
the 12 hour category or 24 hour category, but NOT both.  In his submittal, 
the competitor identifies the 12 hours (clock hour) OR 24 hours that he is 
submitting.  Thus he can operate as much of the 48 hours of the contest that 
he wants, and when it's over he picks his best 12 or 24.  The 12 or 24 do 
not have to be consecutive.

      COMMENT:  Obviously for this to really work and minimize log checking 
grief, there should be a presumption of playing
                             fair and with total integrity.  The log 
checkers and committee will more than have their hands full, and will
                             certainly hope for this, and for it having any 
chance of working.

(6)  Categories be established similar, but not exactly,  to the existing 
ARRL DX and CQ WW DX today.  That is, highs in ARRL by country for DX and 
State or Province for W/VE.  For CQ WW, highs for country and for W/VE call 
area ( i.e., W1, W2, VE4, etc).

(7) Perhaps the existing ARRL DX and CQ WW DX committees will participate in 
this undertaking by merely providing their respective UBN analyses to the 
NCJ Committee as an aid its adjudication efforts?  Thanks in advance.

(8) And finally, we set a goal of CQ WW DX this fall to give this a try?? 
What do we have to lose??

Vy 73

Jim Neiger   N6TJ

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