[CQ-Contest] ARRL and Open Logs - Time for the next step?

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Mon Jul 28 07:45:55 EDT 2008

At 11:54 AM 7/27/2008, VE5ZX wrote:
>Hopefully this indicates that soon ARRL contest logs will be made public
>... Sylvan
>Sylvan Katz, VE5ZX
>Saskatoon, SK

I hope so.  I see absolutely no reason for them not to do it.

I understand that the scenario they used to worry about was that K4xx, for 
a hypothetical example, would see a QSO with N4xx by a rare station and 
write to the manager claiming that it was "just a miscopy."  If the manager 
bought that, then he would send a QSL to someone who wasn't "deserving".

Well, this has never made much sense, and it makes even less sense in the 
context of open contest logs.  Sure, we need to encourage QSL managers to 
ignore such fishing requests, but suppose someone *were* to use this 
technique to cheat on DXCC.  That would work until the first time both he 
and I applied with cards for the same QSO, at which time he would be *so* 

But let's carry the discussion a step further.  Once a station's log in an 
ARRL contest has been submitted and checked, why  shouldn't ARRL 
automatically enter those QSOs as confirmed in LOTW, if both stations 
already have LOTW certificates on file?  It seems to me that this step 
would be technically quite manageable, and would be a powerful incentive 
for more people to participate in both ARRL contests and LOTW.  Then carry 
it a step further, and develop an agreement between ARRL and CQ to do the 
same for CQ contests. Even more incentive!

73, Pete N4ZR


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