[CQ-Contest] The Fat Lady Sings at 2359Z

Ev Tupis w2ev at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 21 07:52:05 EDT 2007

Or...whatever time the ARRL HF event is over; which is what is purely stated on the ARRL website at: http://www.arrl.org/contests/hf-faq.html#post  (thanks to the off-list note that pointed me to the existence of post-event guidelines for ARRL HF contests).

There, we find a paragraph that begins by saying, "There are wide ranging opinions about the acceptability of editing your log after the contest. The most conservative and always acceptable answer is that no editing of any sort is permissible."

The paragraph SEEMS to go on to soften this position, however it should be noted that these additional statements are prefaced by phrases that simply acknowlede unregulated (and unregulate-able by todays contesting structure) practices of participants by saying, "Some feel..." and "Most contesters..." and "Furthermore, it is generally OK..." (where "Some", "Most" and "generally" are the focus).  The paragraph ends by restating the initial premise saying, "Once you step over the line into making
changes to what you think you "should" have logged, that's going too

The casual contester (my definition) will find "yeah, but..." loopholes.  The contesting purist (my definition) will "put the pencil down" because "the test is over."  It is up to the individual participant to decide which definition applies to them, since there is no distinction in the results.  This is simply a matter of honor (like keeping the score in a casual round of golf).

Ev, W2EV

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