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

Randy Thompson K5ZD k5zd at charter.net
Wed Mar 6 18:57:22 EST 2013

The high band / low band categories were way cool.  That would be an
interesting wrinkle for ARRL DX to bring back as a way of generating more
activity for everyone.

Randy, K5ZD

> -----Original Message-----
> From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
> John Laney
> Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 4:44 PM
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite
> For one or two years in the 1970s, the ARRL International DX Contests had
> a change in  the rules to permit everyone overseas to contact each other
> too.  There was much dissatisfaction with it from W/VE stations because
> it resulted in many more DX stations working each other and ignoring the
> weaker W/VE stations even when the bands were open for working W/VE
> areas.  Think of the former time for beginning the CQ 160 CW contest at
> 00Z and all the Eu stations were loud in NA but couldn'g hear the NA
> callers because they were too busy working other loud European stations.
> So the rule was changed back.
> For a while in the 70s or 80s, we also had high band (10, 15, 20) and low
> band (40, 80, 160) categories. That may have been before we had single
> band categories.
> The best change made since I started working the contests in 1956 was
> doing away with the quota system which allowed only a small number of
> QSOs by US stations with any given DX country.  This meant that many of
> the smaller DX stations had to be or were ignored by the big US stations
> because they wouldn't count for points.  It basically discouraged
> operation in populous DX contries except by the top stations and even
> they couldn't work a W/VE station for credit after the quota had been
> reached by the W/VE station.
> 73, John, K4BAI.
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