[CQ-Contest] NAQP Revised Rules
k6mr at outlook.com
Sat Dec 17 15:49:25 EST 2016
You know, we could negate the effect of packet if we just moved to Sprint QSY rules….
From: Mike Smith VE9AA<mailto:ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca>
Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:27 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com<mailto:cq-contest at contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] NAQP Revised Rules
Because Tom, it changes the whole dynamic and mechanics of the contest.
Right now, rare sections will be discovered by all single ops by spinning
the VFO and using their ears.
If there were to be a SO(A) category instituted, rare sections would always
(or usually) have a "packet pileup" on them.
The unassisted op is no longer rewarded for being a sharp fox with elephant
ears due to the fact assisted ops and the massive worldwide RBN
feeds beats them to the punch in 99% of cases.
It used to be, the sharp ops found the most mults by THEMSELVES. Now ,
anyone with a telnet feed can find the mults..
I have subscribed to the "boy and his radio" idea since I started ham
radio in 1975, and have never been much of a fan of packet. I have
always likened it to spoon feeding. However, I have a question to
those who have expressed their opposition to it in this thread:
If a separate SOA category was created for NAQP, how would that
detract from the enjoyment of operating the contest for those
who choose to run under the SO category? I can't see how it would
change anything as far as the actual mechanics of the contest is concerned,
other than it might incite a few people who would not otherwise participate
to join in, meaning more QSO's for the SO ops. The only thing it would
would be to move numbers from one section of the score results to another.
The ops who are at the top of the heap in the scores are still going to be
there, no matter what category they are in, because they have better
operating skills and better stations.
Let the assisted stations fight it out amongst themselves, it matters
not a wit to me.
Mike, Coreen & Corey
Keswick Ridge, NB
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