[CQ-Contest] Leveling the Playing Field

Joe nss at mwt.net
Fri Jun 24 06:13:04 PDT 2011

I like the distance Idea myself also.
Or maybe again the idea of grid squares as mults  just the maidenhead 
parts that is, in my case "EN"

In addition as each maiden head is a multtiplier, also they determine 
QSO points. A QSO with someone in your own square is worth 1 point,
A QSO with someone NOT in your square but in a square that touches your 
own square is worth 2 points.
All other squares are 3 qso points.

This should level things off pretty well  YES? NO?  Thoughts?


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Idle Tyme

On 6/23/2011 9:15 PM, W7VJ wrote:
> Two observations:
> 1) Western PA and W5 (mentioned in KU8E's discussion about wins outside of
> the east coast), while geographically correct, does not take into account
> those of us in the extremities of the west coast - we simply have NO chance
> of winning any thing beyond zone 3 in the DX contests (yes, SS and perhaps
> WPX notwithstanding); and
> 2) The "level the playing field" while truly impossible in radiosporting,
> has conceptual appeal because this is one of the few endeavors where the
> contestants are literally world wide, unlike track and field, F1 or other
> motor sports, cycling, and competitive sailing.
> I have always looked at the sailing analogy as having parallels with
> radiosporting.  One could argue that if one applied a sail race analogy to
> radiosporting, from my perspective this would be like competing on time and
> distance with the competitors also distributed world wide.  Some places have
> better winds, currents, etc., and would allow for better times.
> The distance formula may have appeal because it would indeed offer some form
> of making a more relative comparison between disparate parts of the world,
> propagation and demographics.  Yet for that matter, in the DX contests,
> unless we are at the peak of the cycle, we are virtually guaranteed to be
> well behind southern W6.  Not sure that even regional differences could be
> equalized.
> Not advocating change accordingly, but the discussion is warranted. From
> past contesting endeavors, it is no fun to watch your hourly rate hover
> around 10 an hour for hours on end in the WW contests, while the east coast
> is non-stop rate - at least by relative comparison, and have all the
> attention go to the east coast (will admit that this has changed over time).
> I laughed once at K1AR's CQ Magazine comment about enjoying contesting at
> the bottom of the cycle when he said he worked over 3,500 QSOs in a WW ...
> something we could only dream to aspire to at the top of the cycle.
> 73
> W7VJ
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