[NA-User] All Asian DX Contest

David Pruett k8cc at comcast.net
Sat Jun 4 10:44:06 EDT 2005

I want to thank Bob Pack for researching this.  I am up to my ears in 2005 
MI QSO Party logs right now.

This discussion is a good exercise how "the devil is in the details" and 
what does the user expect when it comes to programming a software application.

The initial observation was the need for band-related point scoring to 
match the AA values.  This is pretty easy to do, and as I said before it 
would be low risk (i.e., it wouldn't require a lot of testing to be sure it 
didn't break something else).

Making non-Asian QSOs zero points is also not difficult.  If you're not in 
Asia, make non-Asian QSOs = 0.

Where it gets messy is the requirement that only Asian prefixes are 
multipliers.  Evaluating it is not the hard part - NA can parse the prefix 
and ID the country (and hence the continent), but it's setting up the code 
to tie the two together logically (which we don't do now).

This is where the user's expectations come in.  If the user will decide not 
to log non-Asians then the need for that code goes away.

I suppose this discussion makes me look like a lazy programmer, but it's 
really just pragmatism.  AA is not all that popular the further east you go 
and coding in "contest-specific" rules is an exercise in "effort vs. benefit".



At 11:12 PM 6/3/2005, you wrote:
>I did not research it much the other night but now I am looking over it more
>closely.  Not that I am all that interested in having anything done with NA
>for this particular contest........but in case some of you want to take Dave
>up on his offer I have checked over the rules and it would appear to be a
>pretty simple addition to NA.
>The only thing that I see that might be a problem is a case where a station
>outside of Asia calls you.....if you wanted to log it eventhough it counts 0
>points, it would still go into your log as a qso that is worth points and
>possibly count as a multiplier (under WPX rules).  The only way to make it
>score zero points in this case is to go deeper into the scoring scheme.
>What do you think Dave?
>Note 1: Single Operator stations means that one person performs all
>concerned operations during contest period. Use of PacketCluster is
>Note 4: 10 minutes rule (CQ WW method) is applied to Single Transmitter
>(2) For YL stations: RS(T) report plus operators' age, but if the operator
>does not want to send her age, RS(T) report plus "00" (zero zero) can be
>(This is the one place where two zeros would have to be accepted in the NR
>(2) For non-Asian stations:
>a: Points - Perfect contact with Asian stations (excluding U.S. auxiliary
>military radio stations in the Far East, Japan) will be counted as follows:
>   a.. 160 m band - 3 points
>   b.. 80 m band - 2 points
>   c.. 10 m band - 2 points
>   d.. 40, 20, 15m band - 1 point
>b: Multipliers - The total number of different Asian Prefixes (according to
>the WPX Contest rules) worked on each band.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "David Pruett" <k8cc at comcast.net>
>To: <na-user at contesting.com>
>Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 10:13 PM
>Subject: Re: [NA-User] All Asian DX Contest
> > At 11:23 PM 5/30/2005, Robert Pack (NX5M) wrote:
> > >Well, I just discovered that it can be done with one small hitch.  Point
> > >values cannot be set to that of the contest rules (160=3, 80=2, 20/15=1,
> > >10=2).  That is something that brother Dave would have to do I guess.
> >
> > If this is all that has to be done, adding a point rule is pretty simple
> > and (more importantly) won't break anything else.
> >
> > If this is something you guys would find useful, I'll do it.  I just don't
> > have time to research the contest rules (which NX5M has already done).
> >
> > Dave
> >
> >
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