[CQ-Contest] Is ARRL DX Really Broken ?

Bill Parry bparry at rgv.rr.com
Thu Jun 23 15:59:01 PDT 2011

I think this is a very interesting attitude. Most entrants know they have no
chance of winning so they just fool around in the contest, leaving the
propagationally (is that a word?) favored stations in the NE to compete. I
honestly don't want to change the rules either, but come on, surely you can
come up with a better argument than that!

Bill W5VX

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How many participants in ARRL DX (or for that matter, any other contest)
enter with the belief they may win?

Seems to me the vast majority of those who make QSOs in any contest do not
believe for one moment that they stand any chance of winning.  The "medium 
gun" with a single tribander at 35' and a bunch of family activities during
the contest weekend knows darned well that barring a miracle, he's not 
going to end up in the Top 10 box.  If he's operating (and a lot of them
are) it's because he has fun operating, not because he's going to get a

I simply don't think it matters whether a W9 stands a chance of beating a
W1.  There's only about ten U.S. entrants who might, possibly, take that 
into effect when deciding whether to enter or how long to participate.


Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View, TN  EM66
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