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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Cheating
From: "Carol Richards" <n2mm@comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 22:21:33 -0500
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I have been reading the comments posted and I would like to add my $.03 

1. The organizers of this year's WRTC did a fantastic job of leveling the 
playing field. At my QTH, every signal sounded identitcal in signal strength. 
This is a marked 
    improvement over the previous WRTC competeitions.

2. The level of skill by the operators was certainly as high as one could ever 
hope for. Each country should be extremely proud of their representatives.

3. Contesting is a sport,much akin to the Olympics. Over the years even the 
Olympics have also been plagued by accusations of cheating. Everything from 
    professional athletes to the use of performance enhancing substances has 
been addressed. As a result, each succeeding Olympics has focused on "leveling 
    playing field"  in order to keep the emhasis on the skils of the 
participants. I have the same confidence in future WRTC sponsors.

4. As for ways to acomplish this fact, suggestions have been proposed to 
eliminate the "recognition factor" with the use of technology. ( pre-recorded 
.wav files, the
    mandatory use of F-1 - F-12 keys, etc. ) I contend that such impositions 
will be counter-productive to the basic premise of WRTC; i.e., the emphasis on 

"Cheerleading" is always a factor in competion. The Super Bowl, the World 
Series, the World Cup etc. are prime examples of its' influence. Even the 
so-called "home venue" may have some effect on the outcome of an event. 
Cheerleading has become an accepted practice. It spurs the competitors to 
achieve at their highest levels, but does it really influence the outcome? No 
more than a referee missing a crucial call, or a player fumbling the ball, or a 
player missing an easy goal.The ultimate difference between victory or defeat 
lies with the competetors themselves. WRTC is a competition that requires many 
levels of skills. So what if one station is spotted more than another. Each 
WRTC station never lacks for callers, whether they are spotted or not. Winning 
comes down to working more stations than everyone else, acquiring more 
multipliers than anyone else, and knowing how to use the propagation better 
than anyone else. 

Let's remain focused on the reason WRTC exists. It is a measure of the 
operating skills of each team. Packet spotting is not the problem as some would 
believe. What happened in the previous competition was the "possible" use of 
calls that were not in the contest. 
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