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

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Single Op/Get Scores Assisted
From: Steve London <n2icarrl@gmail.com>
Reply-to: n2ic@arrl.net
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:53:55 -0700
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On Feb 24, 2013, at 8:15 AM, Gerry Hull<gerry@yccc.org>  wrote:


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.

Gerry, I don't know how to interpret this statement.

There is no doubt that the score posting system could provide valuable information to the single-op, unassisted, serious competitor. Last weekend's ARRL DX CW is a perfect example. N2IC(/5) and K5GN were both SOAB HP, vying for the top spot in W5, and top-10 national positions. Neither of us posted to, or watched the score posting sites, even though there is nothing in the rules to stop us. However, for the sake of discussion, let's say K5GN posted his score, with band breakdowns, and N2IC was observing the score posting site. During the actual contest, K5GN did indeed catch good European openings on 20 meters during the wee hours of the morning, both mornings. N2IC did not, and in fact, didn't look for those openings. K5GN made many more 20 meter QSO's, and finished ahead of N2IC. If N2IC could, at a glance, see that K5GN was suddenly piling on 20 meter QSO's at strange times of the day, do you think he would react to that information ? Would he still be a "player" ? Would he still be unassisted ?

Steve, N2IC
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