[CQ-Contest] WRTC & PED

Bill Fisher W4AN w4an at contesting.com
Wed Jun 13 12:37:21 EDT 2001

I recieved some private mail from KQ2M who made some very good points
about the pileup type competitions.  It might be a very good measure of
one particular skill that goes in to making a great contest operator.  
N5TJ/K1TO did with the pile up competition.

I suspect sleep deprevation and the ability to perform without sleep is
also another attribute.  Maybe the OHs will consider keeping the
competitors awake for 48 hours before giving a pileup competition?  I
suspect this would tweak iron-man N6TJ's interest.  :)


Bill, W4AN

On Wed, 13 Jun 2001, Ward Silver wrote:

> > 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.  
> Yeah, but if you want to see which 16-year-olds have learned the basics,
> you don't put 'em behind the wheel and out on the street, either :-)
> Your points are well-taken.  The real questions are (putting on my lab
> coat and looking over the tops of my glasses in my best Real Scientist
> imitation) one, whether there is a strong and statistically significant
> correlation between pileup competition ability and contest score, and two,
> whether there are few false-positives and negatives. (i.e. - high-scoring
> pileup competition enthusiasts that do poorly on the air and vice versa)
> We certainly have a large sample population of contesters and a growing
> population of those that have been subjected to pileup competition torment
> over the years under reasonably similar circumstances.  Armed with a
> spreadsheet and large amount of free time, one might have a chance at
> answering those questions.
> 73, Ward N0AX

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