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Recently the RDXC committee reclassified P3F to high power from low power without publicly providing strong evidence that any infraction had occurred. They concluded was that the contestant was running HP on 80/40m but not full-time, just 10 minutes here and there without any convincing evidence. It appears they used the RBN as their source of information. Should the RXDC contest have to publicly provide convincing evidence before reclassifying a station from LP to HP?

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Randy, K5ZD, wrote a sidebar titled " Convergence and Change" in the 2015 CQWW CW printed results in CQ magazine. He wrote that the "convergence of personal computers, Internet access, DX clusters, and CW Skimmer have changed the nature of CW contesting". He goes to say that it is "more difficult to police the line between the single operator working alone and those who are using the assistance of DX spotting." In light of this convergence and change is it time to recombine SO and SOA into a single category?

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CQWW has added a Classic Operator Overlay "The entrant will use only one radio, no QSO alerting assistance, and may operate up to 24 of the 48 hours off times are a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged. If the log shows more than 24 hours of operation, only the first 24 hours will be counted for the overlay score. The one radio must not be able to receive while transmitting." Will you enter this new 24 hour category?
  Posted: Jul 02, 2013   (174 votes, 10 comments) by VE5ZX

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Survey Results
Yes 50% (87)
Maybe 27% (47)
No 18% (31)
Don't know 3% (5)
Don't care 2% (4)

Survey Comments
Good idea to create CLASSIC category, but no
good idea make contest shortly.... IMHO classic
category should be also 48 Hour

Posted by n2tta on October 23, 2013

Aging and Contesting
I, Like many others I would bet, am not aging as gracefully as I would like. One of the real side effects is the ability to keep my fat butt in the chair has diminished greatly.

Dec 8 2008 I was in a bad car crash (Guy hit me in drivers side door doing 55) and since then my ability to comfortably sit in front of the radio and focus for long periods of time isn't what it once was.

My mind is still there and in someways much sharper at contesting after all these decades of experience.

But that means nothing if the pain in your back and neck become too much to endure and force you off the air. Case In Point... Last year in both SS SSB & CW I pushed hard to break 1000Qs in each mode, work a sweep in each mode, and try and set new records in my section and division. I did will and met most my goals but had my neck pain not triggered forcing me off the air a few times I could have worked the full 24 hrs and maybe placed first rather than 3rd and 8th.

I can with meds go great guns for 4 to 5 hours but soon the neck muscles tense up and if I don't stop can trigger into a real bad combination headache (Migraine+stress+physical)which if not attended to can force me off the air for days.

I think with my disabilities I would still be competitive in the new "Classic" mode as it keep my attention limited to tuning, working, running rate, etc... all good things for someone who can run rate with the best but for shorter periods of time....

I hope the league adopts similar rules for those of us who life has been a bit bumpier than others but can still play for shorter periods of time.

73s from EM12ur... sk

Posted by k7xc on September 27, 2013

Classic contesting
I like the idea of a single radio 24 hour contest. But,
many comments about an antenna class are ok, but you
would need too many categories. The best way to deal
with it would be to have categories by property size. 1/2
acre and less qth, 1/2 to 2, and more than 2. Most big
guns would automatically be the 2 or more category.
While most small residential hams with basic antennas
would fall into the first category. It still allows for good
design practice and competition to get the most from the
space you have.

Posted by kb9ax on September 23, 2013

Great idea as I usually dont have time to do the full 48 hours, and dont like competing against SO2R.

Posted by K0PY on September 17, 2013

Basic or classic category
I love the idea of including antenna in the class. A great
antenna can get you more than going from 100 to 1kw
so why categories only for power? If there was a
category for 100 watts, 1 wire antenna or vertical (per
band is ok) I would operate most every contest. Its fun
to operate but more exciting if you can actually compete.

Posted by N4VZ on September 11, 2013

Change to antenna categories
I noted several comments about adding antenna categories so us "wire antenna types" aren't competing with the "big guns." While the Contest Manager for QRP ARCI, I implemented two antenna categories for ARCI contests: category a) wire antenna that is not rotatable OR a rotatable antenna that is NOT rotated and b) rotatable antennas that are rotated.

Makes a big difference and keeps those "big guns" inside their own space - heard lots of positive comments as the "little pistols" can now compete for certificates within their antenna 'domain'.

Posted by K9JWV on August 20, 2013

classic contesting
Excellent idea! I'll maybe even operate it with my "classic" stations, a Drake 2-B w/DX-60

Posted by k6ctw on August 16, 2013

Classic Contesting
Great idea, and I agree with both KT0DX and WN4AFP. Now, if there was just ONE MORE CLASS...a single antenna for 20m and higher mounted not higher than 35 meters above the ground. Competing with stacked beams up to 50 m in height is a huge advantage for those ops.

Posted by w5xb on August 4, 2013

Classic Contesting
Great idea as now it will get me out of having to be in the same class with SO2R's

Posted by KT0DX on July 24, 2013

classic contesting
Wonderful idea. I enjoy the 'classic' mode. Every contester should try the classic mode to experience the essence of contesting. Here's what you need... 1 transceiver, wire/beam antenna, keyer (memory keyer is acceptable), logging only software (no sending from the keyboard), mic. Enjoy the contest.

Posted by WN4AFP on July 23, 2013

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