[CQ-Contest] Level Playing Field - my 2 cents

Tom W8JI w8ji at w8ji.com
Thu Jun 30 07:00:09 PDT 2011

> Except it doesn't work that way. If you live in San Diego, you're much 
> farther from Europe that I am in Minnesota
> and yet enjoy much better propagation a daily basis. I listen to 160 every 
> morning during the winter, and my notes
> show me that I'm almost 4 times as likely to hear a W1 or W2 (who are 
> south of me) working a JA than I am of
> hearing the JA myself. It's that PATH, not a simple distance calculation.

Exactly. Path is more important than distance, yet this has been illogically 
been driven by the incorrect assumption distance is the primary problem.

Based on what happens here and looking at skimmer signal strength levels, I 
am 100% convinced this area is at no overall disadvantage to the NE. This 
area certainly is at no disadvantage to K3LR, who is not even east coast. 

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