[CQ-Contest] CQWW is a Great Contest -- NOT!

Jim Brown k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com
Wed Dec 2 06:17:08 EST 2020

I continue to be amazed (disgusted) by those who think this is a great 
contest. It is simple-minded to the extreme -- for the vast majority of 
the sations we work, our logging program fills in the exchange. The only 
challenges are getting the call right and staying in sync with SO2R. And 
thanks to archaic scoring rules (think the 1940s), if you're not close 
to the Atlantic basin, you're not really in the contest. From W6, I use 
DX contests like CQWW and ARRL DX only to see how well my antennas work. 
This year, I spent 5 hours, mostly trying to work EU on 80 and 40. 
Everything else was dullsville (how much fun is it working 500 JAs when 
they provide one mult per band?).

Indeed, CQWW's only virtue is that it is not US/NA centric, and the WPX 
events are an order of magnitude better.

73, Jim K9YC

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