[CQ-Contest] Eliminate SO Unassisted?

Doug Renwick ve5ra at sasktel.net
Fri Jun 13 19:45:03 EDT 2008

There appears to be a lot of people out there who do not have, nor want
to train for, the operating skills others possess.  Their thinking is to
substitute technology for their laziness and/or lack of ability.  It's
commonly called "dumbing down".  Sure, take the easy way and what really
do you gain?
There is also a small group, who for their convoluted reasons, want to
destroy the historical concept of cw contesting.  An analogy is the
small group who have destroyed the traditional concept of marriage.
Some call it progress.  Progress to what end I ask?

Great that the WRTC 2010 team championship will not allow assistance.
However, what control do they have on the selection of teams qualifying
for the championship?

I consider super check partial to be a form of assistance.  Another
method to substitute skill with technology.  As some others have stated,
throw out the rules and anything goes, which is probably the way this
will all end.


-----Original Message-----

 >We can accept a class for packet. Why is it so hard to
accept it if Skimmer is deemed to be equivalent to packet?

         Not only equivalent but *indistinguishable* from
Packet by log-checking software.  If Skimmer is OK for
single-op unassisted, and you cannot distinguish the
operating signature from assisted, then the obvious
solution is to make one single-op class without any
restrictions.  In the words of K3MD on the Skimmer
poll page:

"Most likely the way this should be handled is to place users in the 
assisted or MS category, depending on the contest. However, since 
there is widespread abuse of the assisted category in entries sent in 
as SO, the wider question would be, "should the SO (nonassisted) 
category be eliminated?"

(BTW that poll is now closed, 32% for Skimmer, 58% against)

         In fact there is now a new poll question by VE5ZX which 
poses K3MD's question:

"WAE and RDXC recently merged assisted and non-assisted single 
operator categories. Would you favour such a move for the CQWW contest?


         But surprisingly the WRTC 2010 organizers are being 
pig-headed.  Are they anti-technology Luddites?  Don't they know that 
the true test of operating skill is all these neat technology tools 
and not the operators themselves?

"No way!" was the answer from WRTC 2010 organizer Igor "Harry" 
Booklan RA3AUU when asked if the Skimmer would be allowed in the 
World Radiosport Team Championships in Russia.

"No cluster. No skimmer. No super check partial. No other 
assistance," Booklan told radio-sport.net.


         This thing just keeps getting weirder and weirder...(and 
funnier)!  As I said to K3MD, "

I love your sports medicine logic. Since so many athletes are using 
steroids, let's just declare steroids legal."  ;-)

                                 73,  Bill  W4ZV

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