[CQ-Contest] Counting DC as a Multiplier and Not as Part ofMaryland.

Joe Subich, W4TV w4tv at subich.com
Mon May 21 11:51:16 EDT 2007

The NAQP rules are what they are and there is no need to change 
them or to make DC a multiplier.  If DC were made a multiplier, 
the same logic would need to be extended to every other self-
governing entity including Indian Reservations, etc.  

DC is recognized for Maryland credit in the WAS program (it's not 
WAS + DC). 

DC is not a "country" for DXCC purposes - therefore the comparison 
to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands is not appropriate.  

> Now is the time for justice to be served by NCJ contest managers 
> moving in a positive direction to right this wrong!

This is no more a "wrong" than the arbitrary multipliers in many 
other contests.  It is a historical fact of life that should be 
maintained for tradition and not changed on a whim.


   ... Joe, W4TV 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com 
> [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Eric Rosenberg
> Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 2:11 AM
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Counting DC as a Multiplier and Not as 
> Part ofMaryland.
> Dear Fellow Contesters,
> As I'm sure you well know, the North American QSO Party considers the
> District of Columbia as part of Maryland, not as an 
> independent entity,
> and therefore not as a unique multiplier.  This despite the fact that
> the District, while not a State, is self governed, its residents pay
> federal and local taxes, vote in federal (presidential) elections, and
> send a Delegate to the House of Representatives.
> In past years, we residents of the District of Columbia have 
> argued that
> DC should qualify as a separate multiplier, equivalent to a state. The
> NCJ contest managers have consistently rebuffed that argument.
> A closer reading of the NAQP rule describing multipliers (item #11)
> leads us to believe that our justification for a separate multiplier
> based on statehood may have been misguided. So what if we're not a
> state!  We do appear to qualify under the clause "and other North
> American countries," as per the rule:
>    "Multipliers: Are U.S. states (including KH6 and KL7), 13 Canadian
> provinces/territories (British Columbia, Alberta,
>    Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, 
> Nova Scotia,
> PEI, Newfoundland/Labrador, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut) and
>    other North American countries. District of Columbia counts as
> Maryland. Non-North American countries, maritime mobiles and
>    aeronautical mobiles do not count as multipliers, but may be worked
> for QSO credit."
> Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are both unincorporated
> territories of the United States, whose tax-paying residents are not
> permitted to vote in federal (i.e., presidential) elections, 
> yet send an
> elected representative (a Resident Commissioner and Delegate,
> respectively) to the US House of Representatives.  Guam and American
> Samoa are also US territories whose tax-paying residents send 
> Delegates
> to the Congress.
> What we are *not* is part of Maryland! We do not live in, pay taxes in
> or vote in Maryland.  If the contesting community wants more greater
> participation, the NAQPs are especially well suited for the role -
> short, sweet and simple to do.
> Make DC a multiplier and sure, more will jump in and give it a go!
> Thoughts? Comments?
> Now is the time for justice to be served by NCJ contest managers moving
> in a positive direction to right this wrong!
> 73,
> Eric W3DQ
> Washington, DC
> "taxation, but no multiplier representation"
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