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Re: [CQ-Contest] authentication for log submission

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] authentication for log submission
From: David Gilbert <xdavid@cis-broadband.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:05:46 -0700
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I've always thought that such an extreme level of security for LoTW was 
wildly inappropriate given the numerous ways that people can and do 
cheat in DXCC.  It's like installing a bombproof door on the entrance to 
a tar paper shanty, and the day that sort of thing shows up in 
contesting is the day I no longer bother to contest.  I can manage my 
online IRA more simply than I can a hobby ... where's the sense in that?

Besides, I've yet to hear of a single case of anyone actually being able 
to alter someone else's log submission, so at this point incorporating 
LoTW authentication for contest logs sounds to me like setting up a 
Howitzer to kill a unicorn in case one should ever show up.

Dave   AB7E

On 6/5/2012 10:40 AM, Dick Green WC1M wrote:
> Don, you are a man after my own heart! I'm totally paranoid about security
> scenarios, which is one reason LoTW security is so tight.
> So, I don't think it would work. However, if there is a scenario that would
> work, the best solution would be to use the LoTW authentication system for
> log submissions. That would have the dual advantage of verifying the call
> sign in the log and allowing automatic submission of the log to the LoTW QSL
> system (something many have asked for.)
> 73, Dick WC1M
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