[CQ-Contest] Unintended Consequences

Joe nss at mwt.net
Tue Jul 12 16:20:35 PDT 2011

I loved that first one.

It was going to be my fav DX test.


The Original Rolling Ball Clock
Idle Tyme

On 7/12/2011 7:55 AM, James Cain wrote:
> To Bob, KQ2M -- That was a great exposition on the CQ WPX rules; very thoughtful. Thanks for writing it. It reminded me of why for a long time it was a contest that did not interest me.
> I am still waiting for someone to reveal what the *un* intended consequences were of increasing the WPX hours of operation from 30 to 36. I have no idea.
> I'm sure nobody remembers, or cares, but it was I who drafted the original rules for the IARU Radiosport Championship (as we called it) in early 1977. The Bicentennial Celebration in July 1976 had been such a huge success that it seemed like a good idea for ARRL/IARU to sponsor an annual, big, summer event.
> There were several active contesters at ARRL HQ at the time -- all of us in our 20s -- and, as I recall, after the Bicentennial Celebration we all agreed "that was very cool." And the Contest Advisory Committee in those days was more active, and visible, than they are now.
> I don't recall when HQ multipliers were added to the IARU HF mix; it was sometime after I was involved. I worked at ARRL HQ and was "contest editor" and CAC liaison during the Bicentennial and IARU RS days.
> Jim Cain, K1TN/9
> Northern Wisconsin
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