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

Mike Fatchett mike at mallardcove.com
Mon May 21 23:36:41 EDT 2007

There is no guarantee of anything.  Maybe someone will get on and maybe not.

It is great that a small number of people want their own multiplier.  There
are plenty of contests where they are.  If people chose not to get on in a
contest for whatever reason, such is life.  We don't always get what we want
and life is not always fair.

I have yet to hear one solid reason how adding this mult would benefit the
contests in question.  Lots of maybe this and that might happen, but nothing
that would sway my thinking.

My search at QRZ.com showed 443 licenses in DC.

Searching through contest results over the past year during a sunspot
minimum is really not a good indicator of overall activity over the years.

Make a solid case for yourself and present it.  

-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Richard DiDonna NN3W
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 7:18 PM
To: Mike Fatchett W0MU; cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Counting DC as a Multiplier and Not

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Fatchett W0MU" <w0mu at w0mu.com>
To: "'Richard DiDonna NN3W'" <nn3w at cox.net>; <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 7:51 PM
Subject: RE: [CQ-Contest] Counting DC as a Multiplier and Not as

> That is all well and good but what are the advantages and/or 
> disadvantages of adding the multiplier to contests that are well 
> received, have long standing records and are successful?
Increased activity perhaps.  I've heard that some stations will not get on
because its not a multiplier.  There are at least a dozen government club
stations that could be activated in a weekend.

The issue of records is, frankly, irrelevant and not critical.  Did ARRL
refuse to add sections because of old records in the ARRL Sweepstakes?  No. 
Did the world get turned upside down when Nunavut was recognized as a
multiplier in NAQP?  No.  Are you guaranteed to work D.C. in every contest? 
No. Are you guaranteed to work Nunavut in every contest? No.   Just like 
you're not guaranteed to work Delaware, Wyoming, North Dakota or any of the
other traditional "states" and provinces.  Heck, I remember the times when
the Canadian Maritimes were lumped together into one big geographic entity. 
The disaggregation did nothing to harm records (which are made to be broken
BTW) and probably increased activity.

> I think we all understand the political and governmental issues with 
> the District, however, I do not see how that applies to radio.  Just 
> because X does something does not make it right or wrong.
> I guess the contest folks could just say if you are in DC, tough luck, 
> but they did not.
> You are able to operate the contest and compete against competition 
> that is much closer geographically than I do in Colorado and 
> especially in Montana.
> I am sure if you can show significant benefits to the contests in 
> question then you might have a case.  I have yet to hear one other 
> than it would be another mult which could be a benefit or it might not.
I would think that any increased activity, and any increased score would be
beneficial to a contest, no?  To give you an example, if DC were to become a
multiplier, I can guarantee that government folks like K4ZW or World Bank
folks like AJ3M would be quite excited to operate K3VOA and 4U1WB to give
out the D.C. multiplier.

73 Rich NN3W 

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