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

Yuri ve3dz at rigexpert.net
Thu Nov 19 12:30:47 EST 2020

I would vote for 36-hour Classic Category (1 radio, no assistance) in 
both CQ WW and CQ WPX Contests. That would suit most of the complainers.
Current 24-hour category I would call a "Handicap" Category.

73, VE3DZ

On 11/18/2020 1:07 PM, marko.n5zo at gmail.com wrote:
> 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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> 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
> levels.
> 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.
> Regards,
> John Crovelli, W2GD*************
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