[CQ-Contest] Log checking questions

Fri Dec 16 00:24:40 EST 2005

Mark right now every contest you enter you are entering against guys using 'crutches', many many guys. Over the years the contest sponsors have had a great many opportunities to 'bust' the cheaters but they won't/don't. N6TJ and I and others have brought this up several times over the past few years and nothing, absolutely nothing, gets done about it. I have cited obvious cheaters from my own logs, during SS, and nothing has changed. As long as the contest sponsors first priority is revenue, from their magazines, cheating will continue. You will get no help from the contest sponsors. Oh they say they aggressively pursue cheating but talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words.
Several months ago, when this subject came up, I suggested a one(1) contest weekend moratorium on the packet so the scores could be analyzed to determine the impact on packet cheating. You would have thought I had shot someone's dog. I was attacked viciously both publicly and privately. The packet cheaters couldn't go one(1) contest without packet and apparently neither can one packet sysop, K1TTT who publicly attacked me.

Anyone who knows me knows how strongly I feel against using packet during contests. I wish there were an alternative but after fighting it for so many years there seems to be no solution other than to make it a 'free-for-all'. I will take comfort in knowing every contact in my log I found on my own without any outside help.

I guess some of us are part of a dying breed, we actually know what a contest means and how to operate in a contest without cheating.

MAL               N7MAL
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mark Beckwith 
  To: cq-contest at contesting.com 
  Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 3:55
  Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Log checking questions


  > I think it might be time to just do away
  > with the packet assisted category
  > and let everyone do whatever they want.


  > the only possible solution is to
  > just allow packet use for everyone.

  Sorry guys, I'm not interested in entering a race against others using 
  crutches only to find out that one or two of them who don't need crutches 
  can go faster than me if they borrow some crutches.

  I have no problem with the guys on crutches racing against other guys on 
  crutches, except for the fact that some of them could learn to run with the 
  people who don't need crutches if they would just put theirs down.

  MAL says there is no possible alternative but I disagree, I think Steve is 
  on to something: it doesn't appear to be too difficult to bust the cheaters 
  with certainty and confidence.  Bust 'em.

  Call me old fashioned.

  Mark, N5OT

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