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Doubling the power is good for a half to two-thirds of an "S" unit at the distant receiver. I can't imagine that bringing somebody from 35th place (35- really?) to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in just two tries. But..half an S unit is still more than with a 5 watt limit. I would be in favor of waiting to change the rules.
I don't play in SSS but when I do it will likely be CW. Yeah, I'm one of those old pharts. Nothing agains SSB or even AM mind you. Just my personal preference.
I regard 10 or even 25 watts to be QRP. When I participate in events as a QEP station I pay attention to the rules. If it says "5 watt limit" it shall be so.
On 10/16/2017 07:01 AM, John Lonigro email@example.com [4sqrp] wrote:
As I said previously, we will definitely allow 10 Watt sideband QSOs for
the 2018 SSS season. For the last two months this year, I'd like to
experiment a bit. I'd be curious to know how many extra participants
that change would attract as well as how much better 10 Watts is than 5
Watts on sideband. On the other hand, I don't want to upset the entire
2017 contest by changing rules the last two months. There are currently
4 people in contention for the three top spots for the year and I don't
want a rule change to allow someone in 35th place to suddenly catch up
with them, as unlikely as that seems. So here's what I'm proposing:
If the 10 Watt sideband rule produces results that don't affect the race
for the top three spots, those points will count the same as other
points during the year, to include the possibility of getting the
highest monthly total for November or December.
In the unlikely event someone gets so many 10 Watt sideband QSO points
as to affect the race for the top three spots, those points won't be
considered when awarding the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for the year
(this year only). This would necessitate specifying in the comments
section how many QSO points were earned using the new sideband power
limit, since 5 Watt sideband QSOs always have counted the same as CW QSOs.
Strictly prohibited would be making a 10 Watt QSO, then trying a QSO
with the same person at 5 Watts, for the purpose of having a valid QSO
at the officially allowed 5 Watt power level. This rule will be
unnecessary once the 2018 season starts.
Any sideband QSO points are earned the same as always, 2 points/QSO with
a member and 1 point/QSO with a non-member (no change from current rules).
I'd like to hear comments about this before I officially implement it.
Please be civil (hi).
4SQRP Contest Coordinator
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