[CQ-Contest] Comments on CQWW Rules

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Wed Jun 25 12:52:53 EDT 2014

Regarding the WPX contest, the ID rule was already enacted before most of
us had a chance to give our opinion. I doubt any feedback after the
contest would change things and by then it was old news. I personally did
not care for the WPX 3 qso ID rule. There were definitely times during WPX
CW when I heard another weaker station calling but after being forced to
ID the new group of stations drowned him out. These weaker station had to
wait longer to work me and some may have just QSYed. If an identification
rule is desired, the CQWW proposed rule "6. Running stations not
identifying in a timely manner (i.e., 1 minute)." is very reasonable. I
know that K5ZD spent time getting various personal opinions on this
beforehand and the rule seems to be a good compromise for both running
stations and S&P.

John KK9A aka P40A

To:	 "cq-contest at contesting.com" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Subject:	 Re: [CQ-Contest] Comments on CQWW Rules
From:	 Michael Adams <mda at n1en.org>
Date:	 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:15:15 +0000

Did anyone tally the feedback made _after_ WPX about stations that felt they
were more/less disadvantaged because of the ID requirement, or stations that
that found the contest more/less fun because of the rule change?

To be honest, I don't remember much post-contest feedback one way or the
I just remember a lot of fuss when the change was announced.

While I think that a strong argument could be made that ID frequency is a
strategy choice that could be of concern between competitive stations in a
close race, I also think that a stronger argument could be made that having
running stations ID more frequently might enhance the enjoyment of little
or casual operators who fill the logs of the competitive stations.

Personally, I don't think that the proposed rule change is the end of the
world.  But I'd play in the contest and have fun regardless of whether the
change was made.    Others' mileage may vary.

Michael Adams | N1EN | mda at n1en.org

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