For better or worse, all trends are towards public scrutiny of activities
that in the past would have had very little.
My other competitive "sport" is tournament bridge. Like radio contests, it
is a mental sport, with no prize money but lots of pride and ego in the
results. I am a rather low level player in this field, but for the top level
there have been a number of recent changes toward observation and recording
For years the very top level events have been played with "screens", cloth
barriers across the table so you can see only the opponent on one side of you,
but not your partner. So one can not use winks, nods, facial expressions
(intended or not) to pass unauthorized information.
A year or so ago the national organization banned cell phones and such
communication devices, whether or not turned on, in both playing areas and
nonplaying areas such as rest rooms. The possibility of a text message,
photo, or phone call was considered enough of a possibility to justify this
They have just approved the use of cameras to record activity in the playing
areas, to document any possible situations that may come up in the future.
All of this is in spite of the fact that accusations of cheating are very
All of this applies only at the top levels of tournament play. If you're a
casual bridge player, don't hesitate to head off to a local tournament, as
this does not apply to games at the level of us mere mortals.
In comparison, publication of ham radio contest logs after the fact is a
pretty small issue.
73 - Jim K8MR
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