[CQ-Contest] Circle Jerks

Jack Brindle jackbrindle at earthlink.net
Wed May 30 00:30:13 EDT 2007

Interesting that this discussion is coming from the DC area. I  
believe they call this process "jerrymandering," a process which  
tends to bend and contort district boundaries in an effort to make  
sure that one group (usually the one controlling the process) wins  

With all the advantages the circle process has for clubs in the  
middle of the country, it is very interesting that the two clubs who  
have dominated Sweepstakes club competitions the last 30 years are  
from the edges and have to deal with large amount of the circle being  
over water. Maybe it's really not that much of a disadvantage after all.

The idea is to compete within the existing rules, not change them to  
give one group or another a large advantage...

On May 28, 2007, at 10:32 PM, Doug Smith wrote:

> On Mon, 2007-05-28 at 22:11 -0400, Joe Subich, W4TV wrote:
>> The "smart" way to resolve the geographical limits for a club is
>> to use a given number of grid squares (6 character).  14 or 15
>> squares would be about the same geographical area as the current
>> 175 mile (ARRL) limit and would be significantly easier to  
>> administer.
> Do they have to be contiguous?
> ------------------------------
> (I want CN85tj, DM03wv, DM79cf, EK99hg, EM66kj,
>         EN44hw, EN53ll, FK42xm, FM19jd, FN03bm,
>         FN21ok, FN31be, FN42ev, IN94tr, and KO00hv)
> ------------------------------
> I wonder how many contesters know their grid to 6 characters?  (if not
> for the Stew Perry I doubt many would know it to *4* characters)
> -- 
> Doug Smith W9WI
> Pleasant View, TN  EM66
> (who's been looking at Congressional district maps...)
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- Jack Brindle, W6FB

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