[CQ-Contest] Going Around in Circles: Improving Club Competition

Pete Smith pete.n4zr at gmail.com
Mon May 28 14:59:36 EDT 2007

WPX Phone and CW are the 2 CQ contests that specify "local geographic area" 

73, Pete N4ZR

At 02:34 PM 5/28/2007, Hank Greeb wrote:
>Okay, where cans't one find the definition of the geographical area 
>specified by CQ for its contests?  It isn't in the WPX rules. The only 
>reference to geographical area is in paragraph XIII
>XIII. Club Competition: A trophy will be awarded each year to the club 
>that has the highest aggregate scores from logs submitted by members. The 
>club must be a local group and not a national organization. Participation 
>is limited to members operating within a local geographical area 
>(exception: DXpeditions especially organized for operation in the contest 
>and manned by members). Indicate your club affiliation on the summary 
>sheet or in the CABRILLO file. To be eligible for an award, a minimum of 
>three logs must be received from a club.
>( from http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm )
>This is of importance 2 me, because I'm near the 175 mile radius limit for 
>inclusion in Mad River Radio Club's geographical area, as specified by 
>ARRL, and may not be within the 170.88 mile radius for CQ sponsored contests.
>73 de n8xx Hg
>Pete Smith wrote:
>>I was going to submit this for publication in NCJ, but local response has 
>>been good enough and the topic is timely enough so that I decided not to 
>>wait.  Moreover, this reflector is read around the world, which is not 
>>generally the case with NCJ, and this is a case where international 
>>cooperation is essential.  All comments and criticisms are welcome, of course.
>>73, Pete N4ZR
>>Any readers of this message are probably aware of the Potomac Valley 
>>Radio Club's unprecedented voluntarily forfeiting of the 2006 Sweepstakes 
>>club competition.  PVRC decided to do this because of unwitting mistakes 
>>in the club's management of its competitive "circle," the area within 
>>which club members must live and often operate in order for their scores 
>>to count for the club.
>>In the course of reaching this outcome, a number of us in PVRC worked 
>>hard on understanding and applying available tools for mapping locations 
>>and establishing exactly where the club's circle should be drawn.  What 
>>follows, however, does not represent the club's position, nor those of 
>>the other individuals who worked on this.  It is simply one contester's 
>>proposal for solving a number of problems in club competition that have 
>>arisen over the years.
>>First, the current situation.  Of the 22 major contests that have club 
>>competitions, 4 (all sponsored by CQ) use a 275-km (170.88-mile) radius 
>>circle.  10, including all ARRL contests with club competition, use a 
>>175-mile circle.  4 (the Russian DX Contest and the 3 WAE contests) use a 
>>500-km (310.7-mile) DIAMETER circle.  Two, sponsored by CQ, specify only 
>>that club competitors must reside in a "local geographic area", while two 
>>more CQ contests have no geographic restriction on club competition at all.
>>This situation is a real administrative nightmare for large contest clubs 
>>that are attempting strict compliance with the rules.  Simply drawing 
>>different-radius circles around the same center point doesn't work 
>>terribly well, because no club's members are distributed symmetrically 
>>within the club area.  Further complicating things, the Russian DX 
>>Contest requires that the club circle be centered on a headquarters club 
>>station, which most of the major US clubs, at least, do not have. Many, 
>>many members are in-area for one contest, out for the next, and so on.
>>What I am suggesting is that the major contest sponsors agree on a common 
>>definition of the club circle, to promote club participation in their 
>>contests.  Simply:
>>A 300-km (186.4-mile) radius club area (circle) would be used for all 
>>contests with club competition (and for unlimited club competition, in 
>>ARRL parlance);
>>If the property where a club member resides is entirely within the club 
>>circle, or if the circle passes through that property, then that member 
>>would be considered to reside within the club area; and
>>If a station is located on such a property, it would be considered to be 
>>within the club area.  Each club would declare (and have the option to 
>>change) its circle center no more often than once per calendar year, to 
>>accommodate population trends and other factors.
>>By establishing a uniform circle definition, we will enable clubs to tell 
>>their members and prospective members definitively whether their scores 
>>can count toward club competition.  Because the 300-km. radius is 
>>slightly larger than any of the current standards, nobody currently 
>>in-area will be penalized by the change.  The circle most dramatically 
>>affected would see its radius grow by 50 Km.
>>Comments?  Which major contest club will be first to petition the 
>>sponsors for the change?
>>73, Pete N4ZR
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