The thing I get most out of contesting is the fun from building and
improving the station, trying new things, seeing what works, what doesn't,
finding and fixing problems. If everything stayed the same, I would probably
find a new activity.
Real time score scoreboards fell into the category of "a new idea to try". I
am fortunate to have the infrastructure to allow it: an always-on internet
connection and powerful enough computer, so I gave it a try during the last
Russian DX contest. I found it to be another incentive to hang in there and
keep slugging away. It was another thing to look at now and again, just like
the wattmeter, or the glow of the antenna switch LED confirming that I was
indeed using the new antenna, and encouraging me to keep going.
Did I think it was giving me outside "assistance"? Nope, I feel that would
be a real stretch to think so.
But to be fair, I did operate that contest in an "assisted" category. The
scoreboard did not offer anything to help there. If I was running single op
tied and blindfolded, would that violate the blindfold? Interesting
question! Maybe some of the single ops in the coming test could try it and
comment on the actual experience.
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 14:08:01 -0400
From: "Bob Cox" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Real Time Scoreboards
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Dear Fellow Contester,
The CQ WW Contest Committee is discussing whether use of real-time
contest scoreboards is likely to convey information about band
openings and profitable tactics to an extent that participants using
the scoreboards should be categorized as assisted. The 2006 CQ WW contest
rules have already been published and they will govern the 2006 contests.
We welcome your comments on this, and suggest the possibility of also
sending the comments to the CQ-Contest reflector so that others can
see them and possibly follow up.
Comments can be sent to email@example.com
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