Hello Fellow DX Chasers
It is not too early to plan for 2017 and the Upcoming DX Season
I know the premier award for DX is the ARRL DXCC program. CQ Magazine however sponsors a year long contest called the DX Marathon. The beauty of this contest is that even those with meager or little pistol stations con compete on a level playing field because there are several levels of competition. I believe Bob ND7J is vying for the Unlimited SSB Class for 2016 which is currently on-going. This way you are competing against stations of similar set-up and power and put more of a premium on skill and not effective radiated power.
Formula Class - Option 1 and 2
Limited Class - Limited to 100 Watts and "Limited" Antennas
Unlimited Class - All Power levels up to legal limit and any kind of antenna system
Option 1 - is Power limited to 5 watts maximum. Antennas limited to those in the "Limited" Class above (description below)
Option 2 - Power is limited to 100 watts or less and antenna can only be a dipole or G5RV or a vertical not to exceed 65 feet. Wire antennas cannot exceed 130 feet in length. No arrays of any kind - horizontal or vertical - super loops are not allowed. Single tower or support for wires antennas - inverted vee or sloper only.
Power is restricted to 100 watts or less and antennas can be any in option 2 of the Formula Class plus any yagi not to exceed 3 elements on a tower not to exceed 65 feet.
Directional antennas such as Yagis and multi-element loop, hex, and quad type antennas on the 20- through 6-meter bands. Directional antennas with no more than 3 elements per band are allowed on the 20-meter through 6-meter bands. Boom length may not exceed 16 feet (5 meters) for antennas with booms. Single element rotatable dipoles are allowed for the 30- and 40-meter bands. Directional antennas and rotatable
dipoles must not be higher than 50 feet (15 meters) above ground and all antennas must be on a single tower or support. (Dipoles must be inverted Vees or slopers)
Just like it means - no limits on power or antennas
The rules are given by the following website