[CQ-Contest] 2022 WRTC Thoughts

rjairam at gmail.com rjairam at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 14:43:41 EDT 2018

Bear in mind that low power competition is often less, so a good contester
with a good antenna setup can do pretty good even if they don’t place high
when using high power. This can be a strategy as well.

Case in point - I entered LP categories this year for ARRL DX because I had
no amp. Instead of 2nd place in the division and a low top 10 finish, I
placed 1st in ARRL DX SSB (#2 world) and #10 in CW for W/VE. HP I would
have likely been beaten out by remotes (and others) who have stacks and
better locations.

Yes, low power is painful. But a win is a win. Would I do it again? As much
as there is the allure of putting another plaque on the wall I would
probably opt for HP as I like rate and constant running. Even if I get
beaten, I had fun.

Most low power entries are low power AND compromise antennas. In contrast,
someone with a good antenna setup and a serious contester is likely to have
an amp and likes to push their station’s limits.

Ria, N2RJ

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 8:21 AM Richard F. DiDonna NN3W <richnn3w at gmail.com>

> I have no idea how you;re going to quantify what constitutes a
> "super/mega" station or how that is somewhat necessarily a guarantee
> that a person would or would not be a more likely person to qualify.  In
> fact, we had at least two NA team leaders that qualified that are known
> to be predominantly low power station operators.
> I honestly think the qualification rules for Germany as well as the team
> distribution allocation was pretty fair.
> Good contesters are good contesters but, to the man (or woman), the
> contesters at Lutherstadt Wittenberg were world-class contesters.  A
> "good" contester who happens to do decently in some events is going to
> face a huge hill when competing against some of the talent that I saw
> and helped supervise.  Each person should seriously consider if they
> believe themselves to be a "good" contester or a world-class contester.
> Sounds elitist, but so too are the Olympic games.
> 73 Rich NN3W
> On 7/17/2018 4:29 PM, Mike Smith VE9AA wrote:
> > I would love it if the qualifying for WRTC 2022 was to be more fair than
> in
> > previous WRTC's.
> >
> >
> >
> > ie: more seats than only 2 for a country the size of Canada.
> >
> >     : Super/Mega stations somehow qualify in a different category than
> the
> > rest of us mere mortals.
> >
> >     : guys entering LP category but OBVIOUSLY running amplifiers. (RBN
> > analysis or spot checks during contests?)
> >
> >
> >
> > Italians, are you listening?
> >
> >
> >
> > Mike VE9AA
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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