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

To: "'CQ-Contest Reflector'" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Recording your CQ WW CW contest
From: Pete Smith <n4zr@contesting.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 09:46:34 -0500
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At 09:09 AM 12/15/2007, Joe Subich, W4TV wrote:

> > I really wish people would pay closer attention to the second
> > part of my message, where I proposed monitoring of entire bands
> > during contests, using cheap, currently available technology.
>It's an interesting thought but color me a skeptic.  I simply
>don't know that two or three receivers per continent would give
>enough coverage to be useful. ...
>In addition to the propagation differences, at 80 KHz per
>receiver is would take at least three receivers per band to
>do the job on phone.

This assumes that the objective is to record every single QSO that takes 
place, which would be a little like having constant speed monitoring of 
every vehicle on every mile of the interstate.  Maybe 90 percent of the 
desired impact would be achieved if the cheaters knew the capability 
existed, and was being used, but did not know where the monitors were 
located for any given contest.  Again, the state police and their radars 
isn't a bad analogy.

By the way, I strongly endorse the wishlist just posted by KR2Q.  The very 
best way to cut down on cheating is to tell the sponsors what you know, and 
let them follow up.  I do believe, though, that part of the deterrent is a 
bit more publicity than a line of agate type at the end of a 16-page table 
of contest scores.  If prestige is what we're all seeking (it certainly 
isn't money), then embarrassment is a powerful countermeasure.

73, Pete N4ZR

73, Pete N4ZR


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