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Re: [CQ-Contest] real time scoreboards

To: "Kelly Taylor" <ve4xt@mts.net>, <eric@k3na.org>,"DOUGLAS ZWIEBEL" <kr2q@optonline.net>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] real time scoreboards
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 16:38:26 -0000
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Kelley yesterday Doug KR2Q made a posting suggesting we all go look at a 
scoreboard in action, so I did. There is a lot more information available 
other than real-time scores. There were maps displaying contacts and 
propagation paths based on info received from the real time logs.
You are only limited by your own imagination how useful those maps could be. 
As an example those maps will tell you what antenna you should be using on 
160 or where the openings are on 10 and everything in between.
My  question would be is what's the incentive for a 'big-gun' multi-multi to 
post his real time logging? Why would station ABC be showing station XYZ 
what his operating scheme is? Why would ABC give any clue to XYZ how to beat 
Other than honesty what would preclude a little pistol, like me, from 
looking at one of those maps after coming back from a potty break and seeing 
exactly what band to move to get the most production?
My suggestion to the various contest committees would be for them to work 
with the scoreboard sites. Ask the scoreboard sites to use a login for users 
and then ask the sites to post who the users are.
Just my 2 cents worth.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kelly Taylor
  To: N7MAL ; eric@k3na.org ; live@cqww.com
  Cc: Cq-Contest
  Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2006 12:47
  Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] real time scoreboards

  As much as I am ambivalent on the issue of real-time scoreboards, perhaps
  someone could enlighten me:

  How does a real-time scoreboard provide an unfair advantage?

  Or, how does it provide any more of an unfair advantage than when a hockey
  team can look at the scoreboard and see they're losing?

  Does a scoreboard offer anything more than running scores? I can see if
  there was enough info there to make it a back door to spotting assistance,
  or to assistance in band choice, but I can't see how seeing that another
  station is winning or losing is anything more than the hockey example 

  That said, I don't think I agree with the sentiment towards making
  contesting more like a video game. Once you make that leap, it's not far
  from being able to get rid of the radio.

  73, kelly

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