Having been a referee several times I can assure you all that when a voice is
recognized - and they are - and also when
there are conversations in Russian, Spanish or another language that the
referee doesn't understand - that within a given country
the WRTC station is spotted on their cluster or repeaters or landline or
whatever method is available. I have seen this
happen personally but what is one to do if a voice is recognized? What is a
referee to do if he doesn't understand what
is being said in a language foreign to him - but interestingly within a minute
or two there is a tremendous pileup of
stations from that country calling the WRTC station in question?
If WRTC were a CW only contest as one person suggested it could make for a
more level playing field however if someone
is prone to cheat there are ways to identify who the operator happens to be
even on CW. Unfortunately, and I'm not
saying that it happened during WRTC 2010, there are, for some reason, cheaters
in every activity known to man including
gambling in Las Vegas and marriage! ;-) I guess it gives some people a great
deal of satisfaction to cheat in activities such
as Ham Radio Contests - why I'm really not sure - there really is nothing more
to gain than questionable notoriety.
So be it.
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