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

marko.n5zo at gmail.com marko.n5zo at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 13:07:41 EST 2020

I'm sure it is impossible to make everyone happy with updated rules.
But what it is worth, I agree with John on time limits of Classic.
Classic is great category to participate when going to DX/Contest pedition,
think something like setting verticals on beach at rare multiplier location
to make contest interesting to oneself as well as all other participants,
and to mount competitive score...
No need to take with you whole 2nd station for SO2R.  Only one station, and
even that is plenty luggage with current airline limits.  But with all
costs, time, work to set up station somewhere interesting I would really
like to operate competitively with others in same category, not be limited
to 24 hrs.  Always feels like too much work for too little contest.  I
personally would like 48 hrs Classic category in CQ WW and 36 hrs in WPX.
Maybe there can be another 24 hrs Classic for participants who no longer can
or want to operate more than 24 hrs,
73 de Marko N5ZO

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Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 23:47:58 +0000
From: John Crovelli <w2gd at hotmail.com>
To: "cq-contest at contesting.com" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Rule Changes for the CQ WW WPX SSB and CW
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As the result of this rule change announcement, operators who prefer to
operate without assistance are left with a single choice: 'Classic' .

But even this entry option has been substantially modified with more
limitations imposed in terms of operating time and competition by power

There are no longer both a High Power and Low Power Classic option as
existed previously ... now just one big 'Classic' group where the HP
stations will unquestionably prevail over LP entrants.  Does this encourage
competition for thousands of entrants limited to only 100 watts?   Why HP
and LP been combined together is something of a mystery since it is so
unreasonable to expect HP and LP stations to be competitive against one
another.  I hope the Committee reconsiders this part before the rules are
published, by restoring both HP and LP categories and perhaps adding a QRP
category to the Classic group as well.

The other change in Classic rules reduces the allowed operating period from
36 to 24 hours.  Do unassisted operators have some inherent need to operate
fewer hours?  Do they somehow benefit from 1/3 less operating time?  Would
anyone be enthused about laying out the money to go on a DXpedition if they
are limited to just half the overall 48-hour operating period?

There is still time to do some fine tuning these rule changes.


John Crovelli, W2GD*************

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