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Re: [CQ-Contest] Single Op/Get Scores Assisted

To: Stan Stockton <wa5rtg@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Single Op/Get Scores Assisted
From: Gerry Hull <gerry@yccc.org>
Reply-to: w1ve@yccc.org
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:15:39 -0500
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Getscores has been up for more than five years, and the Russian site has
been up for a year or so.  No contesting authority has made any restriction
against the sites, and I don't think they will.

If you are using the score posting site to make decisions about what to do
in a contest, you are not a player at all.   In the best case, they can
provide motivation.  They can provide some indicator of strategy, but you'd
better have your own strategy if you want to place well.

It is the option of the poster if they want to send their band breakdown.
 If they don't, it's pretty difficult to make any type of strategic
decision based simply on a score.  What it does do, however, is motivate
people to try harder and stay in the chair.

Those who use the scoring sites comment that it makes the whole process
more interactive.   For those who won't place in the top ten, they
typically "battle" with another local, and have more fun!

I find Skimmer and the RBN excellent for testing what my signal strength is
around the world during a contest.   For example, from the east coast,
within one minute of working my 1st station in EU (when the band opened to
Europe on 40m Staturday afternoon), I could see my signal strength come up
on the RBN.

Stack skimmer spots and work em?  What's wrong with that (in Multiop or
Assisted)?    The idea here is to encourage MORE participation in contests.
 Evidence says that is happening.   For traditionalists, that should make
them happy -- more people to work.  If you don't want to operate that way
-- cool, more power to you.

My hats off to Pete and all the RBN crew -- it's an excellent network.
 They are doing things to improve the accuracy.  None of what they do
prevents "man and his radio" operation.

73, Gerry W1VE
8P1V next weekend, "man and his radio" mode, with Score Reporting to

On Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 6:51 AM, Stan Stockton <wa5rtg@gmail.com> wrote:

> We posted our score to the RU site in the last contest for the first time
> and, although hesitant about doing that, I'll admit it was fun and
> entertaining.  Can't say I would have felt exactly the same if N3RS had
> been posting his score while trouncing us by about 8%.
> I assume, but am not sure, that the only reason for using these sites is
> so you can look to see how you are doing compared to the competition. I am
> not sure about this but It makes sense then, to me, that single ops who are
> posting their scores are looking at that site - otherwise why post (for
> everyone else's entertainment?
> It also makes sense that if you are looking at the site that you see
> others who are posting their scores and since you can see where the QSOs
> are racking up you know when and what band the other stations are running.
>  Although not a HUGE problem at the moment with the number of stations
> posting to these sites, it occurred to me that as it grows and even being
> suggested by NQ4I that it be required (probably not going to happen) that
> single op unassisted entrants are actually assisted since they can know
> when and what band a juicy multiplier they need is running.
> Take just a little bite at a time and 10 years from now it could become a
> scheduling process where the stations are programmed to jump around the
> band working everyone with computer interfaces.  If there are new
> participants they will like it all in the name of technological advancement
> and the old guys will still be complaining.
> Next little bite, in my estimation, is getting Skimmer to copy and stack
> the call signs in a pile up to be picked off one after the other.  Surely
> this has been tried?  Just saying...
> 73...Stan, K5GO
> Sent from my iPad
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