[CQ-Contest] Announcing the North America SSB Sprint-boycott from "MAR"
ac0w at charter.net
Mon Jan 26 19:54:12 EST 2015
My suggestion on the change in N1MM was made after operating a contest
that allowed DC as a mult. However, every time I entered DC it was
automatically changed to MD. This then required a manual edit of the log
to change it back to DC, which to me is unacceptable. Guess if you think
it is acceptable to have MD entered for the DC mult then we could ask
them to change it back.
On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 3:36 PM, David Siddall wrote:
OK, let's focus on NAQP as you suggest. You are, after all, one of
the NAQP managers.
In late 2010 or early 2011 W3DQ and others asked the NAQP managers to
start recognizing that DC is not part of MD. I don't believe that you
were the NAQP SSB manager at the time, but . . . .
For NAQP, in 2011 the N1MM contest logger suddenly was changed to no
longer equate DC with MD automatically, like it long had done. Why?
According to the N1MM website, the reason was that in 2011 you requested
that the feature be removed from N1MM.
This, I take it, was the unofficial NAQP response to Eric's and others'
The result is that DC operators have had to choose between misstating
their QTH (arguably a violation of NAQP Rule 10 that the exchange must
consist of "o perator name and station location") OR DC operators had
to spend an inordinate amount of time during the contest helping some of
their contacts log the QSO in N1MM, lessening everyone's score in the
Nevertheless, in several of the recent NAQPs some of the DC contesters
have continued to participate, but no one knows because they have to be
logged incorrectly as being in MD.
That's the history of NAQP and DC.
73, Dave K3ZJ
On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 1:13 PM, AC0W < ac0w at charter.net
Suggest you check the contest rules before throwing a contest into this
discussion. A check of the NAQP rules has multipliers as provinces,
states and NA countries outside of US and Canada. The issue of combining
Canadian provinces to create a multiplier in NAQP does not exist. So it
should not be part of this discussion.
Exactly right! Sections as multipliers in SS are consistent, but NAQP
Sprint multipliers are inconsistent, illogical, and appear based merely
upon an individual's (or individuals') whims that lack geopolitical
or knowledge with no understanding of incentives.
Being geopolitically consistent and correct -- as are all other contests
with which I am familiar -- has no downsides.
Take the example of Mexican states, which are multipliers in the 10
contest. Great! I never hear many of them, but I got educated as to
political boundaries, any of them that I find helps my score, and there
more XE stations in the contest than before. I have the same chance of
finding them as anyone else in my geographic area. There's no downside,
whether or not they are active most of the time -- and they present
expedition opportunities for the adventurous.
D.C. is the same -- what a surprise when W1AW/3 showed up in the last
meter contest in addition to KE3X, N8HM, W3HAC, W3DQ & NN3RP -- all in
73, Dave K3ZJ
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