[CQ-Contest] Log checking questions

ve4xt@mb.sympatico.ca ve4xt at mb.sympatico.ca
Thu Dec 15 17:24:47 EST 2005

Hi Steve,

Quite the pickle, isn't it?

I would say the first thing is to contact XY8Z and make sure he was 
actually on during that time.

If he was, then I'm not sure what you can do about the 
unassisted/assisted conundrum. It is certainly possible that any or all of 
the stations claiming contact with XY8Z did indeed find him, as Hans 
says, like real radiomen, without assistance.

The likelihood of finding him unaided increases the longer he's on, since 
more people will tune by the pileup. Indeed, there's not even a guarantee 
that the first guy to nail him found him via packet.

The only thing any of this proves is that a bunch of people worked him 
shortly after he was spotted. It falls far short of any burden of proof that folk 
cheated, or entered the wrong class accidentally.

I would be leery of even saying it looks suspicious, considering how adept 
some guys are at S&P unassisted.

73, kelly

> From: Steve London <n2ic at arrl.net>
> Date: 2005/12/15 Thu PM 12:25:14 CST
> To: CQ Contest <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Log checking questions
> Put yourself in the shoes of a contest log-checker.
> (All calls, contests, and times in this example are completely ficticious.)
> In checking the logs, you notice that a number of stations claim to have 
> worked XY8Z between 1700-1730Z. No other QSO's with XY8Z occurred 
> other times during the contest. You have personal knowledge that XY8Z 
> was not active in the contest. On a whim, you go to the DX Summit and 
> enter XY8Z in the spot database search. You find a single spot for XY8Z 
> at 1658Z. You also notice that many of the logs claiming to have worked 
> XY8Z were submitted as single-operator, without assistance.
> Were those logs entered in the wrong category, either accidently or 
> maliciously ?  What would you do as contest log checker ?
> 73,
> Steve, N2IC
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