Topband: Error in ARRL 160 contest rules?

Roger Graves rgraves at
Fri Dec 9 12:16:53 EST 2005

Hello all,

As a participant, and sometimes BC section or category leader, in the ARRL 
160 contest for 25 years, I can say that working DX in this contest has been a 
major priority and source of much enjoyment for me. Those extra multipliers 
are very important for deciding the top scores in this section. After most 
everyone workable has been worked, a few more qso's don't make anywhere 
near the difference that another multiplier does. Since it is difficult to work 
DX from BC on 160, having lots of W/VE activity keeps the interest up, 
which is hard to maintain for a DX only 160 contest, so the SS format 
provides the 'meat and potatoes', but the DX provides the spice. 
Having a JA come back to my CQ running 5 Watts last year was surely one of 
my greatest pleasures in contesting.

I for one would hope that if any changes are made in the rules that  such 
changes would be to further encourage DX participation, and participation by 
more US Pacific stations. 

And thanks to all who dug out my QRP signal this year!



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