[CQ-Contest] A New Perspective [was:WRTC Spot/Log Correlation]

Robert Naumann w5ov at w5ov.com
Wed Sep 6 21:11:42 EDT 2006

This is a discussion of ham radio contesting - not a mathematical discussion
- right?

Syl, you're correct that to someone who may be unaware of the rules, the
operation of a contest may appear chaotic. That is because the observer is
ignorant of the structure defined by the rules, and cannot recognize it

I think that if you compare the "chaos created by rules" in a contest on the
20m fone band from 14.200 to 14.300 to the true chaos of a DXpedition
listening "200 to 300" you could easily identify the structure in the


Bob W5OV

-----Original Message-----
From: VE5ZX [mailto:ve5zx at hotmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 8:58 AM
To: CQ-Contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] A New Perspective [was:WRTC Spot/Log Correlation]

>I think that  Bob W5OV didn't mean the scientific (pedantic?) chaos you 
>have in mind.
>Just the old, simple and common chaos  (mess, havoc, mixup, disorder).

Scientific chaos, deteministic chaos and old, simple common chaos are 
indistinguishable in a mathematical sense. The point is that just because 
rules are involved does not mean to an observer or a participant that the 
process isn't chaotic. In otherwords, chaos created by rules and chaos 
created by completely random or stochastic processes can be completely 

Chaos is chaos :)

However, this is a discussion for another time and another reflector :)


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