[wrtc2014] WRTC Category Weighting Factor

VE5ZX ve5zx at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 22 19:13:54 EDT 2012


The post was to CQ-Contest first because I was unaware of this reflector

>Many argue that operating in the actual WRTC event requires skills that closer align to HP operations as the sought-after WRTC operators can run more frequently than typical LP entrants

Gosh comments like that are annoying and naïve! It assumes that a LP operator has never worked HP in a contest perhaps at big station.  This logic is one of the reasons that contesting is losing its interest for me. Too much speculation and too many decisions behind closed doors!! 

> It would seem that you could better keep pace with your competition by using LP than if you ventured into HP when using a smaller station, even with the 10% score adjustment.

Gosh this sort of reasoning evades me. Enter a class that you are not in just so you can get the 10% that the WRTC rules take away from you. Nonsense! And from the off reflector comments I have been getting from other LP operators they rightfully feel completely discounted by the WRTC rules too.

>Thirdly, I wonder aloud why this topic arises now, two years after the selection criteria were issued.  

I guess because many people are afraid of standing up to the contesting establishment. And I just became aware of rules when I found out via the grape vine that I was 2nd ranked in my zone. So I looked at the way the ranks were determined. What an insight and what a mess! 

Oh Well.

Syl – VE5ZX


From: K1to at aol.com 
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4:29 PM
To: wrtc2014 at lists.wrtc2014.org 
Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com 
Subject: Re: [wrtc2014] WRTC Category Weighting Factor
(This reply was interrupted by a lightning strike here in FL!)

Syl et al,

First, some historical perspective:  For WRTC-2010, the factor for SOLP was 0.7.  We sought to increase the incentive for operating LP in WRTC-2014 qualifying events, and, after much behind-the-scenes discussion, arrived at 0.9.  Many argue that operating in the actual WRTC event requires skills that closer align to HP operations as the sought-after WRTC operators can run more frequently than typical LP entrants.
 
Secondly, I disagree that it hurts the urban op.  It would seem that you could better keep pace with your competition by using LP than if you ventured into HP when using a smaller station, even with the 10% score adjustment.

Thirdly, I wonder aloud why this topic arises now, two years after the selection criteria were issued.  

Lastly, I see that you also posted this to CQ-Contest, thus the copy to that list as well.  

GL & 73, Dan, K1TO
WRTC-2014 Team Selection Director


In a message dated 8/22/2012 2:22:39 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, ve5zx at hotmail.com writes:
  The WRTC 2014 Team Selection criteria are given here
  http://www.wrtc2014.org/qualifying/team-selection/

  Could some please explain why the SO LP weighting factor (0.9) is less than 
  the SO HP (1.0) weighting factor?

  It penalizes those of us that live in a urban environment and need to run LP 
  in order to  keep peace with the neighbors :)

  tnx - Syl - VE5Zx




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