[CQ-Contest] W5WMU experiment in NAQP

Stan Stockton wa5rtg at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 09:01:32 EST 2016

There sure is a lot of talk about "level playing fields".

Are there really those who think we should bring everyone down to the lowest level of station and antennas so we can say we have a level playing field?  If so you had better set all of them up in a flat field within a few miles of each other.

Here are a couple examples of level playing fields -  2m repeaters and computer simulated contesting. 

I would be sad, but I would very quickly find a new hobby if my activities were limited by the lowest common denominator - limited to dipoles, low power, operating 2m through a repeater, etc.

About 75% of my enjoyment is thinking about ways to improve my station and trying to implement changes that could make it better.

The challenge is more difficult but the reward greater when you try to get another 1 dB of gain when after 40 years of working at it you thought you had done all you could do.

There is a lot of fun left out there for a lot of people who might only have a thousand foot roll of 18 gauge stranded wire ($25 on EBAY), a roll of black fishing twine ($8 from Wal-Mart) and a couple of trees.  End result, after all the fun, is you are way ahead of those who have dipoles, multi-band verticals, etc and perhaps ahead of the guy down the street with his tribander on a 50 foot tower.

73... Stan, K5GO

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> On Jan 7, 2016, at 10:18 PM, Jeff Clarke <ku8e at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> Why not allow high power in the NAQP? The guys that win all the time typically run HP in other contests anyway. Plus most of them have large antenna farms as well. You call that a level playing field? I don't think so.
>  Jeff KU8E
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