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

To: "w1ve@yccc.org" <w1ve@yccc.org>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Single Op/Get Scores Assisted
From: Stan Stockton <wa5rtg@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:38:34 -0600
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I don't think any opinions about what it takes to be a "player" have anything 
to do with the subject at hand. You can say you aren't a player if you live in 
W6 or you are not a player if you don't have stacked Yagi antennas on four 
bands.  Or you are not a player if you pay attention to the fact that an 
African multiplier that you have yet to work is running stations on 10 meters 
as clearly shown on the next Get Scores update.   It makes no difference.  

What does make a difference is whether using the Internet to look at live 
scoring to see potentially hundreds of stations that are participating in the 
contest and know when and what band they are running smacks of spotting 
assistance.  Think there is any possibility that the guy who would not have 
properly copied a call sign on his own without assistance would then get it 
correct by seeing the station's posting to Get Scores?  

Whether we think this use or that use of the information is efficient or adds 
to someone's ability to fall into the "player" category is not relevant.

Stan, K5GO

Sent from my iPad

On Feb 24, 2013, at 8:15 AM, Gerry Hull <gerry@yccc.org> wrote:

> Stan,
> 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 
> www.getscores.org.
> 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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