[CQ-Contest] List of WRTC stations / Results /Overspotting, and its impact

Julius Fazekas phriendly1 at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 16 05:40:50 PDT 2010

> Provide all or the teams with the same equipment?  OK,
> let's say for the
> sake of argument that you're going to give all 50 teams the
> same antenna
> system, radio, and computer.  Who buys 50
> radios?  (etc)  And you'd have to
> give the teams time to learn the radios, or you give a
> significant advantage
> to the team that uses that brand/make/model over everyone else.

As I recall, the teams are responsible for providing the radios they used. Part of the reason, and some may call this blasphemy, there were so many K3s, is that they performance is packed into a light package compared to the FT1000 or some of the other popular contesting rigs. It's interesting that neither of the two most popular WRTC radios have panadapters... The closer you lived to the WRTC site, the more likely you were to bring a heavy radio, particularly if you didn't have to fly in from the other side of the world. I would argue most of the teams were probably pretty comfortable with their radios and most with their team mates. 

> And who knows how technology is going to change in the next
> four years?  We
> didn't have skimmer or RBN the last time around -- who
> knows what the
> spotting system will be like the next time?  This
> whole discussion might be moot.
If we go by the premise that every spot is worth on the average 10 QSOs, and the winning team had a monstrous 14 spot advantage, then why did the #2 and 3 teams have more QSOs? To me it seems the advantage was based on the R32F working any and all 5 point openings to death, which also made up for their multiplier deficit... One could argue they maximized high value QSOs by heavily favoring CW. I look forward to reading their story. 

Actually, it sounds like there are many good stories from this event. An amazing amount of team work by the hosts and competitors, under some challenging conditions.

Too, it's great to see what is possible with a less than big gun station running LP...


Julius Fazekas

Tennessee Contest Group

Tennessee QSO Party

Elecraft K2     #4455
Elecraft K3/100 #366
Elecraft K3/100 #1875

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