[CQ-Contest] modest proposal ...up to 200w

Jim Preston jpreston1 at cox.net
Mon Oct 10 18:09:01 EDT 2016

The ARRL HF contests have a power level of 150 watts or less for the HF 
contests, and have for many years. This seems like a good balance 
between 100 and 200 watts.


Jim N6VH

On 10/10/2016 8:20 AM, K7SV wrote:
> With the vast majority of transceivers being rated at 100W output, why would a contest sponsor set the limit for low power entries at anything more than 100W?  Those with the rigs that will run in excess of 100W can certainly throttle them back to 100W. Those running the typical 100W rig certainly cannot crank them up to 150 or 200 W.
> On the order of 20 years ago the maximum power level for low power in the NAQPs was 150 watts. After evaluating the effectiveness 100W vs 150W, I asked the sponsor to decrease the low power level to 100W. After discussing my findings, Bob K6ZZ kindly reduced it to 100W in the rules.
> Having made the effort to subscribe to this reflector to respond to this request I will counter the original suggestion, asking that the low power level in all contests be set at 100Watts.
> 73 de Lar K7SV
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