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[CQ-Contest] computers ruined contesting

Subject: [CQ-Contest] computers ruined contesting
From: jukka.klemola@nokia.com (jukka.klemola@nokia.com)
Date: Sat Jul 5 12:04:23 2003
Gents, I think we all can see the light..

We were used to talk about amount of QSOs and multipliers.
=rate times multipliers

Now we have means to check the logs.
=(rate minus errors) times multipliers

Some contests have a multiplier of three for errors,
which means rate is less important than accuracy.

Errors started to count after introducing the computers !

Technology is used to push contesters to learn to
operate better.

Jukka OH6LI

> Computers have not ruined contesting. If anything, they've 
> directed our
> energies even more closely to the actual task at hand: using 
> radios and
> receiving and sending information. That they have freed us 
> from ancillary
> drudgery like dupe sheets, pencil vs. pen, mechanical vs. wooden, etc.
> allows us to focus on what really matters.
> That log checking provides an even more accurate picture of 
> how we actually
> did -- including those times we didn't do so well -- only 
> makes the final
> results that much more meaningful. (Did he win because his 
> log was poorly
> checked and errors slipped through or did he win because his log was
> actually cleaner than the other guy's?)
> Accuracy at speed is the greatest challenge in contesting. 
> Any moron can run
> at 250 an hour if he doesn't care about precision. That also 
> means you have
> to reward accuracy and you can't do that if you're all but 
> the top tier off
> easy.
> 73, kelly
> ve4xt
> Without radio, we're nuthin' but amateurs.

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