- W9RE | 54 Qs | 41 Mults | 2,214 Points [SMC].
- N4OGW | 52 Qs | 39 Mults | 2,028 Points [ACG].
- N4AF | 53 Qs | 36 Mults | 1,908 Points [PVRC].
West of Mississippi Single Operator.
- N0KK | 42 Qs | 33 Mults | 1,386 Points [MWA].
- K0AD | 42 Qs | 32 Mults | 1,344 Points [MWA].
- WD0T (@KD0S) | 46 Qs | 29 Mults | 1,334 Points.
NCCC Member (CA/NV) Single Operator.
- K6VVA | 41 Qs | 27 Mults | 1,107 Points.
- W6SX | 36 Qs | 25 Mults | 900 Points.
- N6RO | 35 Qs | 25 Mults | 875 Points.
The fastest 30-minutes in RadioSport heats the shack relaxation zone with ham radio fun. Topics stoking one's competitive fire, metaphorically writing, is the Sport of Kings known as boxing at least for me. My comparison begins with heavy weight and welter weight divisions.
Certainly, the visual of a heavy weight champion in the ring with a welter weight champion, is mammoth mismatch. Who, ultimately, would win this fight? Would speed prevail against power? Who would outlast whom into the 12th round?
Perhaps, as the debate continues, are there competitive differences in RadioSport divisions tilting the match between contestants? One cannot compare the performance characteristics of tower mounted antenna systems against wire antenna systems.
It is all about antenna system, power, and location. Efficiency, effective radiated power after accounting for losses in feed line etc. in addition to height over terrain or take off angle are subtle engineering factors.
One may consider station configuration is much like the weight of boxing gloves, one's physical characteristics, and conditioning. RadioSport's welter weight division such as low power competes against other welter weights for example tower mounted antenna system versus wire antenna system.
Can I weight this as different gloves and/or physical characteristics given each boxer is equally conditioned? Or, what really matters at the end of the day, is the pair of hands inside the gloves?
RadioSport sponsors have done a good job separating competitive divisions such as high power versus low power. What is happening, at least from my perspective, is refinement within divisions in order to balance the fight. Sponsorship creates the ring of competition whereas I'm responsible for personal conditioning or station engineering. Essentially, I'm asking, "Are competitive divisions within RadioSport balanced enough for a fair divisional fight?"
Currently, divisions are primarily power weighted however physical characteristics are missing like antenna system. Overall, would refinement ultimately lead to the advancement of radio as an art, improve operator skill set, and further stoke the competitive spirit of RadioSport?
Furthermore, is it possible for a west coast station upset going into the 2010 CQ World Wide DX CW event in any one division? What if?
73 from the shackadelic on the beach.