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[CQ-Contest] recording contests

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] recording contests
From: N7DF <n7df@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 07:41:19 -0800 (PST)
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I have recorded many of my contest operations using a VCR.  I put the station 
clock on the video and the contest operation on the audio track. (I simply 
focus a video camera on the clock) That lets me locate specific contacts 
rapidly.  The most beneficial use I have made of these recordings has been to 
review any busted or unique calls that are reported in the contest summary.  It 
is very interesting to see how I goofed up.  Also I have found some cases where 
I was right in my log and the summary was wrong.  In several cases the other 
station sent their call wrong and what they sent was what I entered on the log. 
  Maybe the contest logging programmers can add real time audio recording to 
their programs.  With the giga byte RAM capabilities and DVD recording 
capabilities of current computers it shouldn't be a difficult task.  A video 
track with the station clock time would be really nice, too.
  This brings up another question: Would it be allowable to use the recording 
to review and check a contact DURING THE CONTEST PERIOD?  Either right after 
the contact or during times when the bands are dead or really slow.  I think 
that everyone agrees that using it to correct the log after the contest is over 
or during off hours in timed contests would not be ethical.  Or would it?
  BTW I still use an old 286 computer that I picked up at Goodwill for $15 for 
logging with an early version of CT running in DOS mode!

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