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

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Tue May 22 12:15:21 EDT 2007

The author of the post I was replying to used the argument that DC 
should be a multiplier because otherwise Eric and other DC hams didn't 
have much incentive to enter the contest if they had to compete against 
the larger Maryland stations.  I still don't see why DC is any different 
in that regard compared with 95% of the hams who enter contests.  Almost 
all of us have to compete against much bigger stations in our own state 
or province.

My "I don't get it" comment has nothing to do with DC's claim to 
multiplier status as a political entity.

Dave  AB7E

Steve Harrison wrote:
> At 06:40 PM 5/21/2007 -0700, David Gilbert wrote:
>> I don't get it.  How is that any different than any modest station 
>> having to compete against a bigger one in their same state?  What's so 
>> special about DC (other than the original argument regarding it's legal 
>> status)?
> DC is, politically-speaking, a whole separate area of its own. Other than
> being located on land that would have, except for the Constitution, been
> Maryland's or Virginia's, it's as politically separate from Maryland and
> Virginia as any other state is from Maryland and Virginia.
> BTW, most of the part of DC that used to be what is now part of Arlington
> County, Virginia, is the National Cemetary, which also used to be part of
> Robert E. Lee's estate. There are still maps around that show the whole
> square area of DC straddling the Potomac River.
> Two of my kids were born in DC hospitals; their birth certificates say
> "District of Columbia", not "WDC, Maryland" or "DC, Virginia". I got a
> parking ticket one late night while waiting fer the first of them to pop
> out from a DC cop, and hadda pay the District of Columbia, not Maryland.
> Not having learned my lesson, I got another parking ticket from a govmint
> cop while waiting fer the second one to pop out when I parked in what
> turned out to be a government parking lot; that one hadda be paid at a Fed
> courthouse  ;o\  ;o\  ;o\
> It's not that I like DC (actually, I hate the place and hope I never have
> to go there again  ;o); but the argument for DC being a separate
> multiplier, especially in contests counting sections as mults but also
> those only counting states, makes sense to me. As explained before, DC is,
> politically, nothing like an Indian reservation.
> What's special bout DC, multiplier-wise, is just that very few hams
> actually live within WDC, although there must be over 5000 who WORK within
> the District at govmint offices and such. So there's dang few hams actually
> available to pass out the DC multiplier.
> Which reminds me, Eric: thanks el mucho fer the DC mult on CW in the past
> contests!!  8-)))))))
> Steve, K0XP
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