[CQ-Contest] more - post contest log corrections

Dale Jones K5MM ddjones at nas.com
Tue Jun 30 23:35:34 EDT 1998

 For more than 40 years I've been contesting from places all over the world.
 To suggest than a post-contest scan and massage of a log sheet, whether hand
 written or computer generated, is wrong or inappropriate (read: cheating), is 
 just plain OUTRAGEOUS and in my judgement OUT OF ORDER.

 The analogies in auto racing, horse racing, track & field, and Many other
 endeavours, including a historic practice in ham radio contesting, indicate
 that it is reasonable, fair, and appropriate to review and massage a contest
 log after the contest has finished.  
 In the pre-computer days of radio contesting, virtually everyone that I know
 spent many hours atter a contest "duping" their logs, and making corrections.
 Thus, the playing field was LEVEL.  As someone said earlier, if you choose
 to be lilly white and close your log at 0000Z on the last day of a contest,
 for you, and hopefully no one will critizize you for doing so.  But there will
 be screaming, cussing, kicking, biting, and all sorts of other adverse activity
 if someone who chooses to be "lilly white" verbally abuses the practice that
 has been going on for decades in ham radio contesting, and is allowed by the
 A look at the rules for all the contests that I know of do NOT have rules
 against this activity either.

 Dale  K5MM

At 08:04 PM 6/30/98 EDT, you wrote:
>In a message dated 98-06-29 12:08:40 EDT, SOMEBODY wrote:
><< I have no problems with an operator reviewing his logs before submitting
> them and making corrections >>
>In all my years of contesting in the CQWWDX contest, I have ALWAYS understood
>that post contest MODIFICATIONS of callsigns is NOT ALLOWED.  When the
>conteste is OVER, the contest is OVER.  Changing/modifying a callsign from one
>that you believe/know is BAD to one that is/might be GOOD, is contrary to
>concept of a competition held over 48 hours.  You can tape record whatever you
>want, LEARN about your errors, etc., but you simply can NOT change a callsign
>or "fill in a missing or wrong letter" once the contest is over.  As far as I
>know, and NOBODY has ever told me otherwise, this has been the policy for
>decades...and it only makes sense!
>de Doug KR2Q

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