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[CQ-Contest] Contest Recordings

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Contest Recordings
From: David Gilbert <xdavid@cis-broadband.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 10:19:20 -0700
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Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing general wideband recordings of 
contest or DXpedition activity made freely available, if for no other 
reason than as a possible deterrent against some of the really bad 
behavior that shows up on the band.  If people knew their behavior might 
find a wide audience they might think twice about how they act.  I don't 
think the burden should in any way be placed upon a contest entrant to 
provide such a recording, but if someone wanted to record an entire band 
during a contest and post the file for those of us anal enough to want 
to dig through it, more power to them.

But can someone please explain for me how a recording of a particular 
station's contest effort tells anyone anything that couldn't more easily 
be discovered from the logs, especially given the fact that I or anyone 
else could easily and seamlessly edit a recording after the fact to 
obscure a false or questionable contact enough to effectively remove it 
from evidence?  All you have to do is add a noise burst, overlay some 
QRM, etc  ... all very easy to do with free or inexpensive audio editors 
... and it would be impossible to say that the contact did or did not 
happen without checking the other guy's log.  Maybe I'm just dull 
witted, but what else does a recording conclusively offer, either for 
contesting or DXing, that the text log doesn't?

Dave   AB7E

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