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Re: [CQ-Contest] Real Time Scoreboards

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Real Time Scoreboards
From: sawyered@earthlink.net
Reply-to: sawyered@earthlink.net
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 14:56:10 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
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Thanks for asking for opinons.  My feeling is that this realtime scoreboard 
should be encouraged but viewing it should require a log on (so you know who's 
viewing) and it should be restricted to "assisted".  In my opinion anything 
that you are obtaining about Qs and activity directly off of the internet 
should make you assisted.  

Un-assisted is very straightforward.  If you are obtaining any kind of callsign 
or frequency/band information directly off the internet, you are assisted.  If 
you aren't, you are unassisted.

I have heard accusations of "populating the band map right before the contest". 
 In my opinion this should automatically put someone in assisted category.  
Working anyone after 0000Z that you "click" on from an internet spot is 
ASSISTED, plain and simple.

I personally DO NOT feel that obtaining realtime propagation info on 
atmospheric conditions (not seeing who's running 10M and how fast) is ASSISTED. 
 I would put it in the same category as having the moving greyline map or 
sunrise/sunset tables.  This is INDIRECT information for which the operator 
then makes a decision.  To mix this in with someone who can say "wow, K5ZD just 
had a 200 per hour rate on 15 for the past 10 mins", I am switching to 15M, is 
very reactionary.

Advance the realtime internet stuff for everyone who wants it.  Just keep 
unassisted what it is, and should remain, unassisted.

Ed  N1UR
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