[CQ-Contest] tech challenge - SAY WHAT?

Rick Dougherty NQ4I nq4i at contesting.com
Mon May 28 16:49:01 EDT 2007

Hi Doug...leave it to you to pooh-pooh advances in the hobby...its not any 
different than packet, or twenty years ago 2 meter voice spotting nets, or 
for that matter transistors in the radios...wasn't it Chicken Little who ran 
around in circles and kept saying "the sky is falling"....technology is here 
to stay..no matter how we cry and beat our chests....or for that matter 
mentally masturbate....(I love that one) ....we want to attract new 
youngsters into the hobby, it will from a technology side....not a true 
purist view that if he/she  didn't get a 20 wpm Extra license then they are 
not fit for the hobby....

Real-time scoring is here and it will grow at a very strong pace....I was 
amazed to see so many participants on the site this past weekend....they 
covered almost every class of operation...my challenge was to the M-M's who 
are not leading the way, but keeping their score "close to the vest" until 
time to announce on 3830....why is it this way?? Being "in the loop" ( a 
real nice techno phrase) during the whole contest is more important to me 
and obviously others too....it's nice to see how we each stack up as the 
contest is unfolding....it serves as a good motivation tool for a 
M-M...can't speak for the SOAA ....I can go to my band teams and let them 
know they are doing good or they need to really get with it...that is also 

Still trying to figure out the Mental Thing....confused down in Dixie

de Rick nq4i

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Sent: Monday, May 28, 2007 1:14 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] tech challenge - SAY WHAT?

>I think that the ability to post REAL TIME SCORES is just so much mental 
> For M/M, if you have "extra" guys, I guess they can watch the scoreboard. 
> What is the value unless you're looking for some inside secret info to 
> take advantage of?
> If you're S/O, looking at the scoreboard means you're not optimizing your 
> score (winning).
> Knowing the results immediately post-contest is nice.  As I recall from 
> multiple decades ago, we did this using 3830 (hey...isn't there a 
> reflector with that same name?).  You didn't need to see it on line, you 
> just tuned in and gave your score.  M/M also gave band by band breakdowns. 
> It was immediate and tension-relieving.
> It was considered a courtesy effort among M/M guys - and had expanded to 
> include lots of other categories.  If a M/M did not give their score, they 
> were viewed in a negative light (and they know where they were...but their 
> feathers did change).  Why, I even recall a QRPer calling in with his 
> score for a couple of years until a transplanted Texan called him STUPID 
> for doing qrp (gotta love the no-innuendo aspect).
> I suppose that an analogy in favor of real time scores would be 
> horse-racing where the ACTION is the excitement of the entire race (2 
> minutes) as the competitors close to the finish.  Horse-racing excitement 
> would not be the same if all you got were the win/place/show listing.  But 
> sitting there, watching a 2 minute event, is a lot different than watching 
> a 48 hour marathon.   I like to look at my "finished lawn" but I don't 
> want to watch the grass grow.
> Wishing everyone a safe holiday and thanks for the Q!
> de Doug KR2Q
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