[CQ-Contest] WRTC Selection Criteria

Tom Haavisto ve3cx at shaw.ca
Tue Feb 27 05:30:53 EST 2007

This is actually a very good start.  One other thing I would have is that there can be many qualifiers - perhaps even several hundred.  Once the "short list" is established, there needs to be another contest where the final contestant pool is drawn from the short list.  

Since the WRTC has been called the Olympics of ham radio, perhaps we should continue to follow along with how they do athelete selection...

Tom - VE3CX

----- Original Message -----
From: Rick Tavan N6XI <rtavan at gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 0:58 am
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WRTC Selection Criteria

> It is true that someone will always be (or feel) disadvantaged. 
> But there
> are ways to reduce the actual disadvantage substantially. One way 
> would be
> to use one set of boundaries (Selection Areas) to determine where
> competitors will come from and a different set of boundaries 
> (PropagationAreas) to determine with whom they compete in the 
> qualifying events. A
> Propagation Area would be designed to have a minimum ham 
> population and
> roughly consistent propagation. There could be plenty of them. 
> Within a
> Propagation Area, the highest score in a qualification event would 
> receive100 Qualification Points, a score of 80% of the highest 
> score would receive
> 80 QPs, etc. The Selection Areas could be designed with roughly 
> equal ham
> populations or differently populated Selection Areas could send a 
> number of
> competitors (or captains) to WRTC that is proportional to 
> population. The
> ops in each Selection Area who collected the most QPs would be offered
> positions as team captains. But their success in qualification 
> events would
> be based on score comparison with ops in their own Propagation Areas.
> You still have to draw boundaries with this system and there still 
> will be
> whiners complaining that they were disadvantaged. But at least you 
> resolvethe dilemma of having more totally diverse propagation 
> areas than you have
> delegates. This would be particularly helpful in continents like North
> America and Europe that have large ham populations. It would not 
> work as
> well in Africa or Oceania with small ham populations because it 
> would be
> difficult to establish meaningful Propagation Areas. It would also 
> requiresome organizational presence outside the WRTC host country.
> /Rick N6XI
> On 2/26/07, Tom Haavisto <ve3cx at shaw.ca> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > Bottom line?  No matter what criteria is used, someone will 
> always be
> > disadvantaged.  And, somehow having the host country have 100 
> plus teams in
> > an effort to make things fair for everyone just does not seem 
> fair to the
> > host...
> >
> >

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