[CQ-Contest] Facts vs. Perception - ARRL DX vs Sweepstakes

Igor Sokolov ua9cdc at gmail.com
Mon Jun 27 06:44:36 PDT 2011

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Edward" <sawyered at earthlink.net>
> Conclusions?  DX have no issue with this contest (they are the fastest
> growing group).  W/VE are growing respectably and the growth is ALL coming
> from outside New England.

The number of submitted logs is not really a measure of the contest 
popularity. The number of QSOs in the submitted logs would probably be a 
better indicator. ARRL from UA9 is one of the most boring contests where the 
best equipped station (3 el full size for 80m and high stacks from 40 
through 10m bands) can only make 600-800 QSO in 48 hours. My personal 
motivation to operate in ARRL is just to support friends there in NA and 
give them a multiplier. So I am afraid the above conclusion is based on a 
wrong assumptions. The only one time when ARRL was interesting from here was 
many years ago when DX to DX contacts were counted for points.

73, Igor UA9CDC 

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