[CQ-Contest] Unassisted vs. Assisted vs. Self-Assisted

Doug Smith W9WI w9wi at earthlink.net
Fri May 21 13:25:21 EDT 2004

On Fri, 2004-05-21 at 11:32, John W wrote:
>    Self-Assisted - meaning no packet or internet spotting was used to locate 
> any stations or for any other reason, but software or other aids may be used 
> to provide a list of valid callsigns (super-check partial, etc.), previously 
> known exchanges, etc.
> Let the debate begin....


Does it make a difference if the information in the database was
previously copied by you personally, or was obtained from others?

(My super-check-partial database is created strictly from my own logs;
every call in there I've copied myself off the air.  Likewise with any
exchange data.)

I would suggest the appropriate penalty is just what you've observed
these people have already suffered.  If you rely too much on databases
and not enough on your ears, you *will* lose points because people
*will* change their exchange from contest to contest.  

Ironically, "unstable-from-contest-to-contest" exchanges seem more
common in NAQP and Sprint where the high rates would put a premium on
being able to rely on the databases!  (which makes these contests an
even better measure of the ability of the operators)
Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View (Nashville), TN  EM66

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