What rules need to be changed?
Add LOW POWER category.
Add QRP category.
Add Club/Team Competition. (Maybe)
Why do the rules need to be changed?
To increase participation. By adding new competition categories there will be added value to the contest. More participants will increase activity to compete for awards.
How will this rule change affect the costs to administrate the contest?
Costs will increase.
How can added costs be offset?
As administrator for the contest, the ARRL can get sponsors (i.e. product manufacturers), sell memorabilia, such as pins, coffee mugs, t-shirts, etc. More competition categories = more participants = more "buyers" (of memorabilia) = more money!
Worse Case Scenario?
If a rule change does not result in increased participation or there is an insufficient increase in revenues to offset the added costs, then change the rules back to fewer competition categories.
Arguing that added costs to add competition categories is prohibitive is not valid when there is a viable solution.
Once we identify the decision makers for rule changes and the policy and procedure for presenting a formal proposal, it is my intent to announce a more developed and detailed plan-of-action to effect these changes.
Which rules do you think need to be changed to *increase participation* in the IARU HF World Championship?
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73 Ric Wo4o