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

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Tue Oct 11 09:51:01 EDT 2016

I would not be in favor of a 200 watt limit.  I wish the limits were 100 
watts which is what the majority of radios can produce today.   The 150 
watt limit is odd.


On 10/10/2016 8:44 PM, David Pruett wrote:
> Speaking as the owner of not one, but six FT-1000Ds (200W xcvrs) from 
> the days when K8CC regularly ran multi-multi in DX contests, I can't 
> see any merit to this proposal.
> It's a matter of having a fair playing field.  While I don't have any 
> statistics, I expect that there are a lot of amateurs competing in the 
> low power category with 100W radios.  These people cannot simply 
> increase the power of their radios to 200W to be competitive with 
> their competition running 200W radios (a 3 dB disadvantage) without 
> adding an outboard power amplifier.
> The owners of 200W radios are free to run their radios at full power 
> if they wish, then they will be in the high power category where they 
> will be competing with stations running up to 1500W (an 8.75 dB 
> disadvantage).  Let's see how they like it...
> When I enter a contest in the low power category, I turn my FT-1000Ds 
> back to 100W and do just fine.
> Dave K8CC
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