[CQ-Contest] a little more fairness?

Mats Strandberg sm6lrr at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 22:56:56 PST 2010

If we start to change points for different zones, this will create a huge
mess. See CQWW as a contest where you first of all challenge your own
previous results by building better antennas, increasing your own operating
skills, learning to adapt to different conditions on different bands, search
more efficiently for multipliers etc etc. When you think you have improved
your own skills enough, start comparing with your neighbours in the same
city, country, zone, continent... If you really want to win the CQWW
contest, you need to also analyze which geographical location is the ideal.
The globe is as it is...  I know for sure, regardless of antennas and
skills, to win SOAB from Sweden or from Moscow will be impossible. BUT,
there are always national records in different categories to aim for.

Enjoy contesting, develop your station and your skills - and most of all,
realize that we will never be able to achieve WRTC 2010 equal conditions for
all contesters in CQWW ;) Have fun! Contesting is exciting, but not the most
deadly serious in life...

73 de R3/SM6LRR, Mats

2010/12/7 <vk4ti at yahoo.com>

> Charles for years the contesting community down under has said we cant
> compete with the Hawaiians for Oceania -
> Recently from the antipodes the ZL8X team did just that - competed and
> broke the Oceania MM record - why ? They had very good ops, a good location
> and even better antenna.
> There are only a handful of good stations in Oceania - I am one of the guys
> that put together the VK4KW team and we have done heaps of work to get
> results and are on constant improvement - there has been two years steady
> improvement and at least another two years before we hit our straps..
> The scores from 9M6AAC over the years say to me that your neck of the woods
> is fine - you just need to make a station that works - just like everyone
> else does..
> Start with beverages on 160 70 and 40 and work from there - I am sure you
> will be happy with the results
> --- On Mon, 6/12/10, Charles Harpole <k4vud at hotmail.com> wrote:
> From: Charles Harpole <k4vud at hotmail.com>
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] a little more fairness?
> To: "Contest Internet" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Received: Monday, 6 December, 2010, 10:34 PM
> A modest proposal....  Could the contesting community consider cutting some
> slack to a neglected part of the contesting world, specifically CQ Zones 22,
> 26, 27 and 28, South Asia area.  I suggest doubling the point count for
> working stations in this area from outside the zones.
> The reason is that (1) most beams are from NA to EU or the reverse or are
> on JA (these headings are a long way from S. Asia usually), (2) many very
> high power stations clustered in EU tend to drown out S. Asia to all in EU,
> (3) the start time of 0000Z gives very poor first hours to S. Asia stations
> due to prop at those hours, and (5) there are just not as many one-hop
> stations to work within these and near-by zones and (5) not many stations in
> S. Asia do contests partly due to what is listed here.
> The playing field is just not flat, not nearly, and looks more like a
> mountain between S. Asia and the large collections of contesters in EU and
> NA.  So, I ask this be considered because it will also liven up contests and
> add more challenges.  I will certainly encourage S. Asia stations to
> participate more and longer.
> 73, Thanks, HS0ZCW
> Charles Harpole
> k4vud at hotmail.com
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