[CQ-Contest] Rule Changes for the CQ WW WPX SSB and CW Contests in 2021

Jim Brown k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com
Tue Nov 17 13:55:36 EST 2020

On 11/17/2020 5:07 AM, Marty Sullaway wrote:
> You can operate 36 hours. Only the first 24 hours will be applied to your
> overlay score.

WHY? What's the fun of competing when it doesn't count?

I strongly agree with Hal's comments.

Also, W6JTI is one of the best CW operators I know. He competes QRP 
Unassisted from the mountaintop station he built in the middle of 
nowhere, with no internet, and regularly turns in scores in the top ten. 
He also goes for the maximum permitted operating hours.

WPX may be a secondary contest for those on the east coast, but it's a 
big deal out here on the west coast because it's one of the few big 
contests where we can be competitive. Please stop trying to screw it up 
for us!

73, Jim K9YC

On 11/17/2020 5:03 AM, Hal Offutt wrote:
 > Every time this subject comes up here, the overwhelming response is:
 > Leave the Unassisted category alone.
 > Why hasn't this message been received?
 > Why must we wake up to discover that unidentified persons have suddenly
 > changed the rules we have followed for years without the slightest
 > effort to check with participants?  That's not the way things are
 > supposed to work in today's world.  Ever heard of stakeholders?
 > This contest belongs to all of us, not just to the current managers and
 > whoever else happens to be on the inside now.  Yes, some of you put in
 > countless hours to manage this event and produce the results and we are
 > very appreciative.  But this should not give you license to change
 > important rules willy-nilly.  We participants - and especially those of
 > us who have been regular full-time operators - make this contest what it
 > is and our opinions ought to matter.

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