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

Richard DiDonna NN3W richnn3w at verizon.net
Fri Jul 22 04:48:39 PDT 2011

Easy. Switch WPX SSB with WPX CW.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mats Strandberg" <sm6lrr at gmail.com>
To: <steve.root at culligan4water.com>
Cc: "KL7RA" <kl7ra at ptialaska.net>; <cq-contest at contesting.com>; "Richard 
DiDonna NN3W" <richnn3w at verizon.net>
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 1:25 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended consequences)

>I agree with Randy...  To find another weekend for WPX that does not
> interfer with other major and more or less established contests is 
> extremely
> difficult.  Just check SM3CER Contest calendar for May
> http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/c2011may.htm and June
> http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/c2011jun.htm
> With all respect to Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the
> summer... the WPX is a World-Wide contest that also involve a lot of other
> participants than Americans. The timing of WPX CW is actually quite ideal,
> with both chances for DX contacts and interesting Sporadic E openings on 
> the
> higher bands.
> I see no reason to start wrestling with other contests before and after 
> the
> WPX weekend. Thos include among others:
> CQ-M Contest, Alessandro Volta RTTY (2 weeks before)
> King of Spain CW, Baltic Contest, UNDX Contest (1 week before)
> IARU Region 1 Fieldday CW Contest (1 week after)
> CACW WWSA CW Contest  (2 weeks after)
> All Asian DX CW (3 weeks after)
> 73 de RA/SM6LRR, Mats
> 2011/7/21 <steve.root at culligan4water.com>
>> Very true. In addition, this year we had several lines of severe
>> thunderstorms roll through over the course of the weekend. I would have 
>> had
>> significant down time waiting for the lightnng to go away. Add in the 
>> high
>> absorbtion idicies and it was another weekend to get some fishing in. To 
>> bad
>> WPX CW isn't in early April...
>> 73 Steve K0SR
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Richard DiDonna NN3W [mailto:richnn3w at verizon.net]
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 08:45 PM
>> To: 'KL7RA', cq-contest at contesting.com
>> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX & activity (Was: intended consequences)
>> 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" To: Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:37 PMSubject: [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 
>> 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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