[CQ-Contest] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite

Ktfrog007 at aol.com Ktfrog007 at aol.com
Wed Mar 6 10:15:05 EST 2013

It is interesting that when I was working toward my 5BDXCC I thought the  
ARRL DX contests would be a big help.  They did help initially, but I found  
that overall the real DX contests, such as the CQ WPX and WW and the Russian 
 contest were more helpful as time wore on.  They brought out much more  
widely dispersed activity and got me over the top. 
To me, that is all there is to say from my perspective.  I think  of the 
ARRL DX as the North Atlantic Rim QSO Party, and if you like it, that's  fine. 
 It's wrong, however, to call it an International DX Contest.  
I operated both sessions this year and submitted logs, but used the CW  
contest for equipment testing and did the phone because my wife was gone for 
the  weekend and I could yell into the mic without disturbing her.  Also, I'm  
participating in the UBA Prefix Hunt this year and need to be as active as  
I personally think the ARRL, as arguably the preeminent amateur radio  
organization in the world, could do much better.  If I recall correctly,  the 
ARRL contest started as a test of trans-Atlantic communications back before  
WW II.  I really do think that problem has been solved.
It's also true that there's a large, entrenched interest group, especially  
in the NE USA, who like their favored position and never want anything to  
On another matter completely, I like it when contributors to this forum  
give their name and call.
Kermit, AB1J
In a message dated 3/6/2013 04:21:12 Coordinated Universal Time,  
hankkier at aol.com writes:

1 -  almost impossible to find a run frequency without stepping on 
someone's toes,  except on 10 meters

2 - poor participation numbers by DX 

3 -  reduced # of country multipliers available; probably 25% less than 
available  in CQWW

4 - voicebox can't handle the traffic!

5 - keep working  the same stations on the same bands that we have worked 
countless times  before


Some stats:

- worked 794 different  calls; 1281 total qsos

- just 133 separate stations (11%) gave me 40%  of my total QSOs - worked 
those on 3 or more bands - virtually ALL of those  stations I have worked in 
every contest in which I have made any effort -  BORING

- 2 or more bands, 237 (18%) stations and 60% of the  points!

Need something to increase interest, and participation, of DX  stations

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