[CQ-Contest] ARRL 10M: Some insight in to the problem

Bill Fisher - W4AN w4an at contesting.com
Tue Jun 16 14:23:31 EDT 1998

When you send an email to the League with your log attached, the email 
generates an automated response.  This is called an auto responder.  We 
use it all of the time for people who use us as an ISP.  

The problem at the League, as I understand it today, is that they were 
having some internal mail problems.  When the email was sent, the 
auto responder kicked back an email but in the process of forwarding the 
mail to Billy Lunt's department, the mail was lost.  

Trey Garlough, N5KO, has recently spent some time at the League and is 
helping in improving the situation there.  One of the first things they 
did was to add some redundancy to the system.  Specifically, now when you 
send an email to the League with your score the email automatically gets 
duplicated to a computer on the west coast.  Once the logs are all 
received they will do a comparison between the two computers for missing 

So, you see this really wasn't a situation of incompetence at the contest 
branch.  It was a technology issue that I am sure the League has either 
already fixed or is in the process of fixing.  Either way, there are 
already safeguards in place so that this situation doesn't occur again in 
the future.

On to bigger and better things...  Did we talk about the WPX 36 hour time 
thing yet?


Bill, W4AN

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