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Re: [CQ-Contest] The future of Contesting in 10 years

To: "Marijan Miletic', S56A" <s56a@bit.si>,"cq-contest@contesting.com" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] The future of Contesting in 10 years
From: Pete Smith <n4zr@contesting.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 07:01:19 -0500
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Mario, if I offered a $100 reward (which I don't recall), it would have to have 
been tongue-in-cheek.  In my view, amateur radio contesting needs or will soon 
need a new rule - only the human mind may be used for real-time extraction of 
intelligence from received signals.
73, Pete N4ZR

At 03:58 PM 2/1/2007, you wrote:
>Tono, let me give you some historical HF contesting perspective first.
>My first PC online contesting operation was in 1984 CQ WW SSB.  In two weeks 
>time I'll celebrate 15 years of my PC DSP CW robot making 200+ QSO in ARRL 
>contest as a part of PhD research.  DSP achieved 80% scoring in simulated CW 
>pile-ups.  I was ending in top five in Dayton and Friedrichshaffen with 60%.  
>Imagine what PC can do in 48 hours without pain in SO6R mode.  Fortunately 
>K6STI and myself agreed that we will not launch HF DSP CW contest program then 
>as it would adversely affect our hobby.  Recent N4ZR offers of 100$ award are 
>not lucrative enough :-)
>I also remember some 35 years ago when I made HF xcvr in Orion class with 9 
>MHz IF chain and +23 dBm diode mixer input.  Only my VFO was not as good as 
>Orion's and no DSP at that time.  My TH6DXX comes from the same age and it is 
>still operating on my roof.  Uda-Yagi antennas still rule the waves.  HF 
>receivers got higher IF.
>Important event occurred recently with the appearance of 14 bit A/D converters 
>running above 60 MHz.  Now we can sample whole HF spectrum with narrow band 
>focus in DSP.  SDR technology covering our sub-bands had a debut in SDR-1000.  
>This will be eventually integrated within N1MM just like MMTTY engine.  CAT 
>frequency control is with us for 20+ years.  Speech recognition technology 
>even now would be acceptable for hamradio contesting with limited vocabulary.  
>The only problem is with robotic sound which upsets our brains.  I share S53MV 
>opinion that golden years of hamradio tech have passed.
>Progress in wideband wireless technology should enhance hamradio curiosity of 
>natural ionosphere behavior.  It might be misused for remote receivers or even 
>whole automated stations.  If we follow these trends, we might operate 
>simulated contests on more reliable internet media and forget about 
>ionosphere.  Remember that PC beats humans in much more demanding chess these 
>73 de Mario, S56A, N1YU, MSc EE retired
>P.S.  Cabrillo will be with us forever :-)
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