[CQ-Contest] Competing in the Daylight
KI9A at aol.com
Mon Oct 10 09:00:24 EDT 2005
In a message dated 10/10/2005 7:41:18 A.M. Central Standard Time,
N7MAL at CITLINK.NET writes:
The participant's real-time logs and DX Packet-Cluster spots are fed into
some computer with some special software. The software will be 'smart' enough
to read the spots and the logs, in real-time.
Mal, that sounds great..but, I believe most packet-cheats are smart enough
to NOT follow the spots as they come up. What if a guy is SO2R, & is always
tuning up & down the band, & as the new stations show up, he hears them & works
them. Now, the 'special software" thinks he was following packet spots, but,
in reality, he was just using good operating techniques, & listening.
Obviously, if 5 new stations are spotted, on 3 different bands, & the cheater works
the same five, yeah, you could make a case that he was indeed cheating.
As always, I am a proponent of eliminating the assisted category, let
everyone use packet if they wish. Its a tool available for all hams, just like big
towers, SO2R and $12k rigs. You can be as competitive as the wallet allows,
just like ANY other hobby/sport. I do a little bit of drag racing, I don't
spend a ton of $$ on the car, I don't win much, but I have fun. I also have
another muscle car that I take to car shows that I restored, I didn't put a ton of
$$ into it, I don't win my class much compared to the guys that have
mega-bucks show cars, but, I have fun. I also contest form a small station with low
antennas. I don't win much, but, dangit, I have fun.
Just my .2 cents worth.....
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