[CQ-Contest] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite
w2up at comcast.net
Wed Mar 6 19:29:22 EST 2013
On one hand, yes it would be interesting. On the other hand, there are
so many categories as it is.
On 3/6/2013 16:57, Randy Thompson K5ZD wrote:
> 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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