The following is my 2 cents' worth....
I think that the concept of a shortened deadline so as to impact those who
would "cheat" is
mostly off base (ie, wrong).
As I see it, the only "advantage" of waiting until the "end" is to utilize LoTW
or wait for some
QSLs to roll in....use those to "check" or "enhance" the log to be submitted.
I have to believe
that the value of such an adventure is minimal, if of any value at all in terms
of sequence of
As for "everything else" that might fall under the domain of "cheating,"
anything an entrant can
do in 30 days can be done in one day; and there is no way that the deadlines
will be formally
reduced to UNDER one day. A shortened deadline, for a cheater, just means that
they have to
do the same work in a shorter time frame. Anyone who is determined to cheat in
period will also be determined to cheat within whatever period there is.
>From my perspective, someone who is doing LOG cheating, in 99% of the cases,
>will be found
within 4 hours of initiating an analysis; probably a LOT less. The other .9%
may take longer;
sometimes a lot longer, but will be discovered.
That being said, it is my opinion that the vast majority (the overwhelmingly
vast majority) of
entrants are not LOG cheats (let's skip power). The original purpose of the
30-days was to
allow an entrant to "get it all together" using paper resources. That aspect
is now outdated,
as evidenced by the huge number of e-LOGS submitted within 24 hours post
especially within 7 days post contest. Those who take the full allotted time
the outliers, but not violators and not presumed to be guilty (at least not by
To sum up, just because someone takes the full 30-days to submit a log carries
meaning. Shortening the submission time frame will not prevent someone bent on
de Doug KR2Q
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