[CQ-Contest] Fwd: WRTC-2014 Selection Areas (JA participation declining?)

Martin , LU5DX lu5dx at lucg.com.ar
Mon Oct 21 14:18:42 EDT 2013

Is JA participation declining?
I do have that impression too, but numbers indicate otherwise.
Feel free to take a look at this screenshot:


Vy 73.

Martin, LU5DX

On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM, Edward Sawyer <SawyerEd at earthlink.net>wrote:

> Congratulations to all the competitors chosen - by competition or team
> leader selection.
> Personally, I have never felt the selection criteria vs the actual
> competition has ever made sense (and have voiced the opinion numerous
> times).  The concept that the actual competition differs so greatly from
> the
> selection criteria and the fact that 50% of the participants didn't even
> qualify but were picked after the fact just has never made sense to me.
>  And
> now with the rules of competition moving to a true MULTI - TWO format, each
> competitor really is fully engaged in the competition and no longer
> "assisting" the team captain (especially going back to the pre-2010 WRTCs).
> Its essentially now 118 people competing with only a little less than half
> having earned the right and the other half knowing the right person.  Not
> to
> mention the fact that the actual representation of M2 or good forbid - low
> power is not even given full credit when qualifying but is then represents
> the actual competing conditions when competing.
> I believe that the next one, would do well to eliminate the teams and have
> each competitor earning the right to compete.  I also think that the
> decision of how they compete should become a category of qualification and
> that should be at least equal to any other qualifying score.  After all,
> should those that demonstrate the most proficiency in the actual intended
> competition criteria be given the highest, or at least equal, qualifying
> points?  Should the Boston Marathon count extra qualifying for 10k runs vs
> actual marathon times?
> With technology advancing, it would be not too difficult to have 100 people
> all operating individually.  Make a number of remote receivers available to
> all participants so that no one is jamming by being too close to each other
> and then you could much more densely pack the tents and transmit antennas.
> Have it all SOAB. If low power is chosen as the competition medium, then
> make low power a 100% qualifying score.  If some other power level is
> chosen, then that category should be the criteria.
> Lastly, I commend the attempt to make the competition areas smaller but
> honestly I think they became too small on this one.  If we are going to
> assign JA one slot because of declining contest participation, then it
> should not matter what the ancient FCC call areas represent as far as
> contesting population is concerned.
> 73
> Ed  N1UR
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