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

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Tue Oct 11 12:11:23 EDT 2016

 I suspect that the reason for the line being drawn at 100 W was/is more to allow for minor variations.  If you had/have an older rig, say a hybrid with 6146 type finals, that puts out roughly 110 W on 80/75 but 90 W on 10, do you really want to consider that rig in the "high power" category?  

That said...

Before we can really debate the merits of raising the line from 150 W to 200 W (why not 250?  Why not 400?  etc), the question on my mind is what is the real motive behind this.  Is it so that someone with a 200 W output rig, which is (on paper) 3dB stronger than the next guy with a 100 W rig, all else begin equal, has an advantage over everyone else in the "medium power/low power/lower power but not QRP" class, whatever you decide to call it?

73, ron w3wn

On 10/11/16, W0MU Mike Fatchett wrote:

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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