[CQ-Contest] A New Perspective...

k3bu at optonline.net k3bu at optonline.net
Wed Sep 13 11:26:18 EDT 2006

I think this would an excellent tool to brush up on operating skills.
Make it few hours sprint, it could be held even weekly. 
With new crop of SDRs and "computerized interface" to the rig, this could be a welcome addition to our contesting. Internet connection speeds and providers would still chime on our "perfect" leveler.

The real Contests would be still on the air, because they involve station (antenna) building, location (propagation) selection, configuring the equipment, and operator skills (propagation, operating skills).

73 Yuri

----- Original Message -----
From: Eric Hilding 
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 10:40 pm
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] A New Perspective...
To: cq-contest at contesting.com

> Hmmm...try this one on for size.
> If Contesting is viewed from strictly an Operator Skill standpoint:
> 1. Everyone registers on the Sponsor's website prior to the 
> event with an 
> entry cut-off date/time. Once all the players have signed up...
> 2. Everyone downloads the event-specific Module (with all the 
> player 
> callsigns included) that interfaces with your existing Contest 
> software and 
> TXRX's. Then...
> 3. Everyone operates the Contest during the specified hours, OFF-
> LINE, and 
> when it's over, uploads the callsign_results.txt file to the 
> Sponsor's 
> designated URL by the log submission deadline. Finally...
> 4. Final scores are available almost instantaneously once the 
> log 
> submission deadline has passed, and auto-published on the 
> Sponsor's 
> page. Since only "Operating Skill" is involved on a completely 
> level 
> playing field, everyone knows exactly where everyone stands. If 
> the score 
> ain't there, it boils down to the basics of practice-practice-
> practice 
> before the next event running.
> The "Playing Field" is TOTALLY LEVEL...no Geography, antennas, 
> rigs, ERP or 
> other excuse factors to screw with...it's all about SKILL, and 
> the event 
> module operates the same for everyone based upon random algorithms.
> There could be *maybe* two categories:
> 1. SO2R (why force skilled SO2R ops to go backwards in life?)
> 2. Non-SO2R
> Scream if you will, but incorporating the ability to also 
> operate the 
> Contest *without* any interfaced TXRX's could be a low-cost way 
> of bringing 
> more young video gamer types with no bucks into the "Contesting" 
> arena with 
> even a computer at a local library or school. Remember, the 
> Contester 
> Population is sadly diminishing each year ;-(
> In terms of an event Module, we are essentially talking about an 
> SO2R 
> capable Morse Runner on STEROIDS (for CW) and use of pre-
> recorded 
> multi-voice .wav files for SSB with some extra special 
> programming onboard.
> FWIW & 73...
> Rick, K6VVA * The Locust
> P.S. The reason for interfaced TXRX's is so that one's 
> investment in 
> equipment doesn't all go down the toity :-)
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Yuri Blanarovich, K3BU

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