"1) Make one unlimited single operator category..."
--> "etc." <--
"2) Keep a traditional single operator category."
These are strictly "devil's advocate" questions I'm posing:
"etc." is a pretty wide net. Should one be forced into unlimited if it
includes any of the items mentioned in the next series of questions below?
You used the word "traditional", and that's problematic because there is no
easy way to draw the line between traditional and "modern". Does
no automated dupe checking? (I remember using dupe sheets...)
no computer logging? (I remember paper logging...)
no automatic CW keying?
no voice keying?
no 2nd radio?
no radio with 2 vfo's? (isn't that kind of the same as above if it has 2
no transceivers? (I remember TX/RX PAIRS.)
Put broadly, what exactly constitutes "traditional"? I believe that answer
will depend entirely on who's responding to the question, and their answer
will vary accordingly.
I think the problem we face here is two-fold:
On the one hand the hobby is evolving, and developments in technology
evolve out in front of and beyond the scope of the rules. The rules are
forever stuck with following after (and never quite staying current with)
the changes in this hobby that sometimes compel us to re-think the rules
given the new features or possibilities available to us in those new
technologies. We ALL must face and somehow try to cope with CHANGE.
On the other hand, a fraction of us are very open to and welcome the
opportunity for change, and the rest are less so, with some being
completely opposed to any change whatsoever.
This might be a set-up for discontent or disappointment for somebody no
matter what we do. I think most of us can see that this is the crux of the
matter, and who should be expected to suffer the loss? It's going to feel
unfair to someone no matter how we move forward, or if we try to avoid change.
Lastly, I believe contest organizers like Randy and others want to do
whatever adds the most to increased participation and the greatest level of
enjoyment and honest sportsmanship among all the participants.
Technology can help support the recognition of many categories, but we also
need to recognize there are limits of time, money, and manpower to
administer a contest and maintain the technologies that support
administering them. And yet at the same time, they render the complete and
final results with greater and greater detail in an ever-decreasing amount
of turnaround time, as well.
I am trying in my own way to help certain organizers do just that by
offering my skillset if they wish to use it. "Ask not what a contest can do
for you, but what you can do for a contest"... ;)
"Style is a simple way of saying complicated things." --J. Cocteau
\ | | ---Tao. A chinese character that
-- |----| means "Way, Path."
/_________ Geoffrey Way
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