Re: Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests
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Hey Stan, why not have a category for ‘a couple of OCF dipoles strung among the trees’, with an overlay for being “a certain age”? 😉
The idea of negating all station advantages, or differences, in order to isolate the operator’s skills is pretty much what the WRTC does: it’s a shoot-out between teams in virtually the same location with virtually the same antennas and power. They are allowed to use their own radios and paddles though: some might consider that ‘unfair’!
On the other hand, several contests promote the idea of encouraging entrants to push themselves a little, so station improvements are all part of the game.
PS Is it the All Asia contest where the exchange consists of the operator’s age? I’m not sure if that is just out of interest for the age profile of entrants, or to encourage youngsters and oldies alike. Are there agep-related bonuses and awards? I forget. [= Too old!]
From: ARRL-Contesting@... <ARRL-Contesting@...> On Behalf Of Stan K4SBZ
Sent: 11 January 2021 10:47
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Contesting] Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests
Yes, many contests do have the “Tri-band or wires” overlay. First, it’s not a category. Second, and most importantly, it is an unfair grouping of tri-bands and wire antennas. I have a couple of OCF dipoles strung among the trees. Someone with a tri-band antenna can rotate it in any direction, but, at my age, I can’t quickly pick up those towering pines and move them to give me a stronger signal in a different direction. Also, most wire antennas are single wires and don’t have directors or reflectors to provide gain. Even an untrained person off the street can look at the two antenna styles and tell that one has an advantage over the other.
Whether it’s a category or an overlay, the grouping should be “wires only.’
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