[CQ-Contest] WRTC & PED

Bill Fisher W4AN w4an at contesting.com
Wed Jun 13 11:56:48 EDT 2001

Hi Ward,

One of the best analogies that I can come up with for the PED competition
is the 10 year old kid my neighborhood who can easily beat any grown-up in
a car racing video game.

Based on your comments below, would you suggest that this 10-year old and
his video game fall in to the "necessary but not sufficient" category for
determining automobile racing skill?

Certainly the pileup tapes have a higher degree of correlation than my
example, but I think it demonstrates my point.  

If you want to see who can race a car the fastest, you put them in a car
and race.  You don't put them in front of a video game.  


Bill, W4AN

On Wed, 13 Jun 2001, Ward Silver wrote:

> > If you were rating a contester (like we are doing for the WRTC selection
> > process), would the dayton pile up competition or results from a PED-type
> > competition figure in your opinion?
> I wouldn't really put too much weight on the synthesized results as an
> indicator of overall abilities except to the extent that they will be part
> of the competition. 
> Bear in mind that the good ops (K3ZO, W6YA, W9WI and others) do tend to
> cluster up at the top end of the pileup tapes.  I'm not sure what the 
> correlation is between average pileup score and average contest score
> (sounds like an interesting project, though).  The ability to extract
> callsigns from a pileup is a useful ability.
> I think pileup competition ability falls into the "necessary but not
> sufficient" category of skill.  Being a good hurdler does not necessarily
> mean that one will do well in a decathlon, but it helps.  Contesting is a
> multi-skill sport and to do well means one must be strong in several
> aspects of it.
> 73, Ward N0AX

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