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Re: [CQ-Contest] Cheating problems and their solutions

To: "'Warren C. Stankiewicz'" <nf1j@earthlink.net>,<cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Cheating problems and their solutions
From: "W4ZW" <w4zw@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 21:43:53 -0500
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You have stated eloquently the crux of the matter.

This same situation is found in virtually every competition where those who
want to win at any cost will always find a way to cheat the rules.  Auto
racing, regattas, baseball, basketball, etc., etc.; but there the prize is
often $$$.

I think most of us are happy to simply compete with ourselves.

My 2 cents,

Jon Hamlet, W4ZW

Casey Key Island, Florida
"A little piece of paradise in the Gulf of Mexico"

> It is my contention that the sport of amateur radio contesting has enough
> barriers to entry as it is. The quest and desire for good antennas,
> computers (and contest logging software), not to mention great innovations
> such as SO2R bites only a few new people each year. Instead of
> on those few bad eggs who linger around the fringes of the top, we need to
> do much more work to bring "the average ham" into our favorite part of
> hobby, before it dies a slow, painful, ignominous death.
> Again, no matter what we do to stop cheating, there will always be some
> social misanthropes who cheat. Yes, they're wrong, and yes, life is not
> fair. But we need to strike a common sense balance between what we do
> it, and how we act and react to the individuals who perform such acts.
> 73,
> Warren, NF1J/6

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