[CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended consequences)

Richard DiDonna NN3W richnn3w at verizon.net
Wed Jul 20 18:45:45 PDT 2011

Rich, I think part of the problem with WPX is not the operating rules but 
the weekend on which it is held.  Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial 
start of summer, and a lot of people skip town that weekend.  I have never, 
ever been able to compete seriously in WPX because to do so would eventually 
involve two attorneys and a division of assets.

Move it one week back or a couple weeks forward or switch it with WPX SSB 
and I guarantee you'd have more people getting on....

73 Rich NN3W

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "KL7RA" <kl7ra at ptialaska.net>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:37 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended consequences)

> >Why is the WPX-RTTY 30 hours?
> The 30 hour format seems to allow more ops outside the normal "win"
> zone to make the top ten if running Europe allows a better score.
> In 2011 the top ten claimed for the WPX CW shows only one station
> outside of  the MA,NH,CT,NY, PA win zone and that was N2IC who
> has an excellent location in NM. If the contest was 30 hours or Steve
> was operating in the "win" zone with his skills I would expect his score
> would have been higher.
> The top ten in the 2011 WPX RTTY with 30 hours has more outside
> the zone like TN, OH, AZ, VA.
> It is what it is and I doubt there is any rule to fix the win zone 
> advantage
> in a fair way but limiting op time to equalize propagation between east
> and west seems to help level the field a little.
> Half that enter the WPX surveyed want to leave it as is which is good
> enough for me, but to hear someone in Connecticut say, "increasing the
> original WPX from 30 to 36 hours was a good thing",  I have to ask,
> "a good thing for you, sir, or those if us in the west?"
> 73 Rich KL7RA (Northwest, even worse)
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