NAQCC recognizes this for their contests - First of all, an explanation of why we feel antennas need to be classified. Nowadays in contests, DXing, and chasing awards, often a QRPer will feed his 5 watts transmitter output into a high gain antenna that boosts the 5 watts to a much higher ERP. In the case of an antenna with a gain of 13DB, the effective radiated power will be very close to 100 watts. Let's state right now, we have no objection whatsoever against QRPers who use high gain antennas, just as we have no objections to hams who use QRO or other modes besides CW. What we do object to is that virtually all ham clubs and organizations make no distinction at all between QRPers running close to 5 watts ERP and those QRPers running much higher ERP's from their high gain antennas. Thus the QRPer, who for one reason or other, uses minimal antennas stands no chance of competing in a contest at the same level as the QRPer with the high gain antennas. Also those QRPers who earn DXCC or other awards with their minimal antennas are lumped right in with the QRPer with the high gain antennas. We feel that is not fair either, as it was much more difficult to earn the award for the minimal antenna QRPer. The NAQCC is going to address this matter by having contests with categories based on the type of antenna used. The minimal antenna QRPer will only compete against other minimal antenna QRPers, and the ham with the high gain antennas will only compete against others in the same situation. We heartily invite the QRPer with the high gain antennas to compete in our contests as long as they realize they will only be competing against others with similar high gain antennas. NAQCC also recognizes the advantage of key type, with a multiplier of 2 for a straight key, 1.5 for a bug, and 1 for paddles or a keyboard. SKCC offers QRP awards, but I don't believe they address antenna type. QRPx1 is the easier of the two, with the other operator running >5 watts, and QRPx2 is with both operators running 5w. (It is permitted for the answering station to be >5w initially, but he must reduce power to 5w and perform a successful exchange of SKCC numbers for the QSO to count toward the QRPx2 award.) I guess its all fun, but the playing field isn't always level.