[CQ-Contest] Level Playing Field - my 2 cents
w8ji at w8ji.com
Tue Jun 28 10:55:34 PDT 2011
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From: "Milt -- N5IA" <n5ia at zia-connection.com>
> Quite true Tom. But NOT TRUE for the other 80% of the country!
I agree. Distance is NOT the only problem. There are propagation issues at
work for different paths.
K3LR is on the Ohio border!!! K3LR is not by any stretch of the imagination
an east coast station. As a matter of fact in the SE we almost certainly
have a propagation advantage over Tim on 160 through 40 meters. The SE is at
no significant disadvantage to a similar system up in far western PA.
Even if a contest goes to distance based scoring, we still have the problem
of where the geomagnetic poles are located. People in the Great Plains and
western Midwest are still at a decided disadvantage because of path
It doesn't even end there. Every extra hop requires a good path all along
the hops, and losses are not linear with distance. It is seriously flawed to
think distance can be directly translated into extra points in a linear
fashion to "level a playing field".
The playing field, like it or not, will never be level. Signal strength and
opening time is not even remotely linear as we add hops, and it is also
affected significantly by the path the signal takes. In the Southeast we
have the advantage of a better path to Europe on low bands, even if we have
a disadvantage of a longer path.
I have a suggestion to fix all this. Let's just give a multiplier to whoever
has the least fun. That's what we are really after, having fun. That should
fix it. :-)
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