[CQ-Contest] technical challenge
Paul J. Piercey
p.piercey at nl.rogers.com
Tue May 29 14:12:04 EDT 2007
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
> [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
> Richard DiDonna NN3W
> Sent: May 29, 2007 00:12
> To: Ev Tupis; cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] technical challenge
> I think it can cut both ways. If things are close, there is
> absolutely an incentive to flooring it for whatever time
> remains in the contest to "win".
> Indeed, in many contests we already have "semi" real time
> scores - QSO numbers. We see this in WAE, Sprint, Sweeps,
> and WPX. For contests like Sprint and Sweeps with a finite
> number of mults, the Q number is a real sign.
This is what made it more fun for me in the WPX contests. I probably never
would have gotten my best score ever had I not been in a battle with another
local op in the SSB contest and I may have packed it in after the 2 hours of
CQing on 15M with no replies in the CW contest but I knew that one more
contact would get me closer to any arbitrary goal I set for myself. I ended
up getting 5 new countries on that band and mode.
> On the other hand, if I see that I am being murdered in a
> contest - 36 hours into a 48 hour test, I might very well
> throw in the towel and just quit.
Why? I can only assume that this attitude would come from the singular
desire to win above all else.
> Now folks keep mentioning the same tired phrase over and over
> - "I agree that if you're looking at a real time scoreboard,
> you're losing." This is a load of crap. It takes five
> seconds to type in a url or to hit a refresh button on your
> internet browser. I guarantee you that folks spend more time
> picking their noses or digging ear wax out of their ears than
> the five seconds that it takes to type in a url....
Not even that... if you are connected continuously, you can reduce/minimize
the site window and view it at your leisure. That's what I did although the
site kept crapping out occasionally.
> Now if scores are to be posted, it must be callsign, entry
> category, and raw
> score only. Giving out mult counts or QSO counts or band
> information gives
> away too much information, and should be supressed.
> 73 Rich NN3W
Yep, I agree with that. Any more information and you get into that
most-favoured realm of "assisted or non-assisted" and I'd rather not go
73 -- Paul VO1HE
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