Ron, this is only for the WRTC competitors, not everyone.
For the WRTC folks it is beyond simply being "fun." It is serious
competition. For most everyone else it is more than just "fun" and
that's not going to change. And the reason as stated by Doug is a
level playing field to discourage cheerleading.
Now, I do think that Doug's suggestion may be impractical.
On 7/11/10, Ron Notarius W3WN <email@example.com> wrote:
> Doug, I sure hope you're being facetious.
> Because if you're not, and someone seriously thinks that this is the
> direction that "Radio Sport" needs to go in, count me out.
> Personally, due to some last minute family matters, I only had a few hours
> Saturday evening (EDT) to work the contest. But I had fun, despite this.
> If someone is taking this so seriously that they're not having fun
> anymore... then you have a real problem. And you can take "Radio Sport"
> and... shelve it. I'll stick to Contesting.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Doug Smith
> Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2010 5:59 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Nasty Cheerleading in favor of R36F
> Barry wrote:
>> That's why it should be a CW-only contest - to maintain anonymity of the
>> participants. Otherwise, it's just another DA0HQ-like fiasco.
> OK, *way* outside-the-box suggestion for WRTC-2014:
> Each team is required to provide the WRTC sponsors .wav recordings of one or
> both team members reading the letters, digits, a CQ message with an
> assigned WRTC callsign, their transmitted report, and "73 mycall".
> These recordings will be put on a CD (or thumb drive) and put in the
> envelope with the associated callsign. The envelopes will be distributed at
> random to the station judges (as is current practice) and the recordings
> loaded shortly before the contest.
> Microphones will not be allowed at the WRTC stations. All phone
> transmissions must use the recordings.
> So you may hear R36O calling "CQ Contest" with W9WI's voice, but for all you
> know it could be the JA or South American or UK team operating.
> It is up to the assembled masses to decide whether this is a serious
> suggestion. (not even I am sure)
> I have to say, at least on 20m CW I was (pleasantly) surprised how similar
> the signals of the various competitors were. The organizers did a very
> good job of matching stations.
> Doug Smith W9WI
> Pleasant View, TN EM66
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