[CQ-Contest] CQWW is an unfair Contest -- A solutiion!

Richard Smith n6kt1 at sbcglobal.net
Sat Dec 5 14:51:32 EST 2020

 I agree with Steve, and will add a little more info. When the IARU HF Championship began around 1977, with only ITU Zones as multipliers, it was possible to win from areas in the world where it was unlikely to win in other contests. In fact I was part of the M/S team which placed World High in 1979 from VE7WJ, and again World High M/S in 1980 from KH6XX. I believe I won for the USA in 1984 from AI6V, SOAB.
Then it was decided to change the rules, as Steve noted, to add HQ stations, which shifted the optimal areas of the world towards the East Coast and Europe for this contest.
73, Rich, N6KT 
    On Saturday, December 5, 2020, 11:28:13 AM PST, Steve London <n2icarrl at gmail.com> wrote:  

On 12/04/2020 11:07 AM, Jack Brindle via CQ-Contest wrote:
> The problem is that the path from the west coast to EU is over the pole, where signals tend to be greatly absorbed. This is unlike the east coast, which has a direct shot to EU.
> Perhaps a better solution would be to treat the members of the EU as a single entity for multi. This would make the situation quite similar to JA, where there are lots of Qs, but just one mult.

Once upon the time, the IARU contest didn't have HQ mults, just zone mults. That 
meant Europe was only 3 zones, not a zillion countries. Then those in charge 
decided that having LU's winning IARU was unfair and added the HQ mults, which 
are just defacto country mults.

Steve, N2IC

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