[CQ-Contest] Putting the spoon into the pot: WPX - who is on first?

kr2q at optimum.net kr2q at optimum.net
Thu Feb 26 15:36:58 PST 2009

Just got my March 2009 CQ mag with the cw WPX results.

YIPPIE!!  I won a trophy!!

BUT WAIT A MINUTE.....what's this I see?

TI5N wins for the world (congrats) and get the WORLD trophy.

I win for USA, but since TI5N got the WORLD trophy and now I'm 2nd place in N.A.,
I get the NA trophy.  But I didn't win NA, I won USA.  So why would I get the NA

And ELSE do I see?  Because I got the N.A. trophy, N7IR, who is 2nd place USA,
(an amazing feat from AZ) wins the USA trophy.  


This made no sense to me 30 years ago in CQWW when W1WY thought that it would be
equitable to not only do this sort of thing, but make the previous year's winner ineligible 
to win the trophy again.  So what happened?  Station "A" won in year 19xx.  In year 19xx+1,
they won again, but could bit win the trophy, so station "B" got the trophy....and the trophy
was engraved with the word WINNER.  But it gets better.  In year 19xx+2, Station A again
won, Station B again came in 2nd, but since they were both "ineligible," Station C got the 
trophy, which again was engrave with WINNER.  This nonsense was stopped long ago.  The 
winner is the winner, period.

So what would I do in this case?  TI5N wins the world AND wins N.A.  He should get TWO
trophies.  This concept of "being fair" works well in kindergarten and first grade...not

OK...taking a step back and now handing the spoon off.

de Doug KR2Q

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