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

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Wed Mar 6 22:31:14 EST 2013

If you like to run rate then go to the Caribbean or Central America and 
have a blast!  Three years I was at V47 land and all I can say is what a 
blast!  10m near the bottom of the cycle open to the US would put the 
rate meter well over 350 contacts per hour.  I don't think we got over 
the 400 mark and this was before affordable laptops and decent logging 
software, ie the 80's.

CQ WW CW was great fun from J6M but it is a different animal with zone 
and way more mults to chase around.

If it ain't broke don't fix it.  I am not hearing any complaints from 
the Western US.

Mike W0MU

On 3/6/2013 12:29 PM, Dick Green WC1M wrote:
> A few years ago, some idiot on the CAC tried to explore the possibility of making ARRL DX a more interesting (i.e., fun) contest. I'm not talking about radical proposals like distance-based scoring that got everyone in a tizzy, but relatively modest changes to make the contest more inviting to DX and less boring for US ops. When some of the CAC's hypothetical discussions about possible changes were leaked to the press, violent reactions from certain members of the contest community eliminated any stomach for making changes.
> The most common argument was, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Others rightly pointed out that the current format is very attractive to smaller US stations because "we're the DX". It was also suggested that we don't need to stimulate more US participation (true) and the DX participation is pretty darned good (also true -- I had some of the biggest runs of my contest career in the CW weekend this year.)
> These are all good arguments, but participation isn't the only measure of a good contest. Fun is important, too, and your experience has been shared by far too many contesters.
> 73, Dick WC1M
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> Subject: Re: [YCCC] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite
>> Maybe something like stamp collecting ... ?
>> Whitey K1VV
>> ----- Original Message -----
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>> Sent: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 6:45:08 PM
>> Subject: [YCCC] Why ARRL SSB Contest is Not My Favorite
>> 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
>> 6 - BORING
>> 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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