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Re: [CQ-Contest] Recording your CQ WW CW contest

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Recording your CQ WW CW contest
From: Pete Smith <n4zr@contesting.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 17:08:12 -0500
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You can buy a 2GB USB flash drive for $15, and Sagebrush Software sells 
very useful recording software that will timestamp your audio files for 
under $30.  No doubt, there is freeware out there too.  A stereo MP3 
recording of an entire 48-hour contest will go on a CD.

There's simply no reason not to require serious contenders for the top ten 
boxes to record their efforts.  Some might even buy several flash drives, 
just in case.

It is also becoming pretty cost-effective to record the bottom 70-80 KHz of 
a contest band, for an entire 48-hour contest.  The receivers are dirt 
cheap (see SoftRock), the software is free (see Rocky), and a 160 GB hard 
drive (enough to record an entire 48-hour contest) is around $70.  There's 
no reason not to set up a network of monitoring stations (1 or 2 per 
continent per band) run by disinterested volunteers.  Not knowing whether 
you would be caught would be a powerful deterrent, IMO, particularly if the 
punishment were stiff and public.

73, Pete N4ZR

At 09:39 AM 12/14/2007, George Fremin III wrote:

>I think recording contests can be useful.  It is fairly easy
>to do - I have been doing it for years.  I almost never go
>back and listen to much or any of the recordings of my
>contests.  I already heard it all once.
>Recordings can be useful.
>- It is fun and educational to listen to someone else do the contest.
>- It is fun to go back and hear some fast hour or some really neat contact.
>- It is cool to listen to some recording that was made years ago:
>   http://www.kkn.net/~k5tr/audio/n6aa/w6dgh-1973-ssb-ss-1st-hour.mp3
>   http://www.kkn.net/~k5tr/audio/n6aa/
>- Having a recording was very useful to me one time when
>   jamming occurred on the air.
>And I have nothing to hide in my operating - I am more than happy
>to share any recordings, logs and LCR/UBN reports with anyone.
>George Fremin III - K5TR
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