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

2bfrank at orcon.net.nz 2bfrank at orcon.net.nz
Sun Dec 6 00:58:45 EST 2020

Re IARU contest as - many ops including myself have oft stated over the years, 
adding HQ stations as unique mults has resulted in the contest becoming 
mainly a battle between European multi multi multi multi HQ operators/stations.

IMHO the best contests are those with no multipliers or a limited number of 
multipliers, such as countries or zones. The present unseemingly unlimited 
number of prefixes now available, not just in the US but everywhere means that 
for me at least, contests where prefixes are the only multipliers don't get me 
excited at all.

73, Frank ZL2BR/ZM2B

On 5 Dec 2020 at 19:51, Richard Smith wrote:

 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. 
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, 
are just defacto country mults.

Steve, N2IC

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