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Re: [CQ-Contest] CQWW CW & 6Y1V Logs

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CQWW CW & 6Y1V Logs
From: Jimk8mr@aol.com
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:43:28 EST
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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 
of events.
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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