[CQ-Contest] Leveling the playing field

David J. Sourdis - HK1A hk1kxa at hotmail.com
Sat Jun 25 13:12:00 PDT 2011

I think it would be interesting to try a double scoring system; the current system and the distance-based system as category overlay to see what happens. A simple algorithm using the grid locators with six characters or the coordinates to calculate distances. One point for each thousand kilometers , being 0 to 1000 km worth one point. No long path distances. Max score for a QSO would be 20 points (19000 to 20000 km)


> From: Ed_richardson at shaw.ca
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 20:35:18 -0500
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Leveling the playing field
> My initial reaction to this debate was, "lets do what we can to level
> the field". However after reading some of the excellent points on here,
> I am beginning to agree that a level field is a dream and wouldn't be
> practical. Us folks from the middle of the continent will not win a DX
> contest. Just too many skip zones to the major DX population centers.
> However like others have said, setting realistic goals and challenging
> oneself and other locals, should keep you motivated. Personally I always
> try to better my last years score, or strive for some target number of
> Q's.
> The fact that I will never win or likely ever place in the top 10
> doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see some changes.
> Distance scoring, makes sense to me. I see no harm in changing this. A
> east coast station may have the rate to Europe but others Midwest and
> west coast stations will be reward with more points even at a lower
> rate.
> Another change to consider would be to turn the contest into more of a
> sprint format. Meaning limit the number of QSO's on a single frequency.
> Try and prevent the frequency monopolization of a few big guns that
> scream bloody murder when propagation shifts and you are in their skip
> zone. They come up on your frequency claiming your are qrming them and
> they have been on frequency for 44 hours and to please qsy. A 48 hour
> sprint would be a true iron man contest and would eliminate the clusters
> and skimmers from playing a part. This would be more of a test of
> operator skill!
> Just my $0.02006 cents worth (The Canadian dollar being worth more than
> the US$ afterall)
> Ed
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