This is my first message to the list.
I have been seeing all the coments about this topic
and here goes my personal point of view:
First of all:
If you wanna compete, ham radio is not the best way
to do it at all...
Some days ago i read an article posted on arrl.org
written by N6XI about ham radio contesting...
( http://rtavan.googlepages.com/radiocontesting )
This is a part of the article, that exposes the way i think:
" Finally, I need to confess the deep, dark, secret shame of radio contesting
as a "sport." There is no "level playing field." Because of the physics of
radio signal propagation and the demographics of the world, competitors in some
locations can have a huge advantage over those elsewhere. A degree of skill
and effort that makes 1000 contacts from California might well result in 4000
contacts from an identically equipped station on a Caribbean island. Simple
rule changes can not "fix" this. "
Besides these facts, there is also the point discussed on the list:
"are all these stations playing fairly?" ... answer: who knows?!
So... first of all... contest is a personal competition,
on which you are the only one competitor besides yourself.
Second, contest is fun. Ham radio is a hobby,
there is not how to measure and make it real fair...
Even on WRTC events if you think accurately...
P Y 7 R P
----- Mensagem original ----
De: Pete Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Para: David Gilbert <email@example.com>
Cc: "CQ-Contest@contesting. com" <CQ-Contest@contesting.com>
Enviadas: Domingo, 9 de Dezembro de 2007 18:19:01
Assunto: Re: [CQ-Contest] Battle of the Cheaters
Like cops with radar, I think half the battle is intimidating the guys who
would like to cheat but don't want to risk getting caught.
73, Pete N4ZR
At 03:06 PM 12/9/2007, David Gilbert wrote:
>I'm not really knowledgeable on software-defined radio, but I think you
>can accomplish the same thing quite cheaply (less than $30 or so?) with an
>SDR front end like the Softrock and the free PowerSDR software. With a
>decent sound card you can supposedly record up to 192 KHz bandwidth in
>real time to your computer and analyze any portion of it later just by
>tuning through it with PowerSDR. The price is right for there to be a LOT
>of such monitors out there.
>Probably a log checker's nightmare, though. Think of all the extra work
>that might bring them, both in terms of expanding their own review options
>and in terms of all the "help" they might get from other folks perusing
>dozens or hundreds of recorded files after they get posted to the internet.
>It would sure make contest behavior (both good and bad) more transparent,
>Pete Smith wrote:
>>The heck of it is, all of these steps are readily do-able (except the
>>There is a device called the Time Machine
>>(www.expandedspectrumsystems.com), which can record an 80 KHz swath of
>>any HF band, and costs only about $175. Station a dozen of those around
>>the world, recording on VHS tape, with good receivers and omni antennas,
>>and you can go back to any point in the contest to check what was going
>>on at any frequency.
>>A recording, whether on tape or on computer disk, isn't an unreasonable
>>requirement from anyone with a claimed top-ten score in any major category.
>>Contest sponsors should publicly announce that they will apply and
>>enforce the sort of analysis that K1TTT has been doing publicly for
>>years. If falsified spots turn up, clearly to the benefit of a given
>>station, that station owner should be asked to explain, and if the
>>explanation doesn't hold water, he should be DQ'ed.
>>The key to confronting the cheaters is to do it publicly and
>>transparently, with stiff penalties.
>>73, Pete N4ZR
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