Perhaps, the wild card on the course is whether or not Cycle 24 will produce enough sunspots and carve out durable east-to-west pathways between continental population centers to include a stable north-to-south path between continents on 10m and fifteen meters?
Seeing Europe from the west coast is going to be important in the point calculation as well as robust signal activity from Asia across all bands. I'll have an opportunity at following two gray line cycles during the ARRL International DX CW event. Each long haul Q counts three points to include the sum of DXCC entities logged on each band.
Potentially, the goal is to maintain satisfactory rates while logging moderate-to-difficult multipliers on same band or different band and tracking the number of band changes per hour. One is limited as a single operator driving a single transmitter, single receiver to 6 band changes in a single hour.
The band change limitation rule adds pressure going into day two, chiefly, one cannot jump between spectrum spaces when the rate per minute meter begins to idle. One must carefully consider band changing when limited to a single transmitter, single receiver in contrast to single operator, two receiver. Ideally, I'd have a second receiver listening on a second band in order to capitalize on the limitation rule.
Multiplier value increases exponentially to one's Q points, logged multipliers, and time.
The WRTC2014 qualifying season with international scope really begins in earnest next weekend. The qualifier schedule is loaded with all events through July!