[CQ-Contest] technical challenge

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mts.net
Mon May 28 17:57:33 EDT 2007

> On Sun, 27 May 2007 19:05:40 -0500 (CDT), Zack Widup
> <w9sz at prairienet.org> wrote:
>>We never had the capability until internet, so I agree ... why not use it?
> ------------ REPLY FOLLOWS ------------
> Perhaps I'm missing something. My question is, why use it? Why would
> you want to know other scores while the contest is still on? The only
> score that's important is the one at the end, and then only when
> validated by the contest sponsor.
> Were I a sneaky type, which I am not, I would be tempted to post an
> inflated score in hopes of discouraging other guys and making them
> give up. Or just the opposite: post a low score and get them
> overconfident and lose motivation. Later, I would admit to a "mistake"
> in scoring.
> I dunno... even if accurate, it just doesn't seem worth doing.

I guess that's the wonderful thing about ham radio: if you don't like 
contesting, go play satellites. If you don't like satellites, go play ATV 
(or SSTV). If you don't like HF, work on VHF DXing.

Similarly in contests: if you don't like real-time scoring, don't use it. 
Just as you're free to not use packet, SCP, transistors, heterodyne 
receivers or DSP.

But the growth on the site seems to be such that there's a market for it, 
just as NQ4I and Steve have illustrated. Interest is in the eye of the 
beholder, and there've been lots of explanations of why people like 
real-time scoring.

73, kelly

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