[CQ-Contest] Log checking deadlines as a function of cheating

kr2q at optimum.net kr2q at optimum.net
Tue Feb 3 16:33:42 EST 2009

The following is my 2 cents' worth....

I think that the concept of a shortened deadline so as to impact those who would "cheat" is
mostly off base (ie, wrong).

As I see it, the only "advantage" of waiting until the "end" is to utilize LoTW or wait for some
QSLs to roll in....use those to "check" or "enhance" the log to be submitted.  I have to believe
that the value of such an adventure is minimal, if of any value at all in terms of sequence of 

As for "everything else" that might fall under the domain of "cheating," anything an entrant can
do in 30 days can be done in one day; and there is no way that the deadlines will be formally
reduced to UNDER one day.  A shortened deadline, for a cheater, just means that they have to
do the same work in a shorter time frame.  Anyone who is determined to cheat in the 30-day
period will also be determined to cheat within whatever period there is.

>From my perspective, someone who is doing LOG cheating, in 99% of the cases, will be found
within 4 hours of initiating an analysis; probably a LOT less.  The other .9% may take longer; 
sometimes a lot longer, but will be discovered.

That being said, it is my opinion that the vast majority (the overwhelmingly vast majority) of
entrants are not LOG cheats (let's skip power).  The original purpose of the 30-days was to 
allow an entrant to "get it all together" using paper resources.  That aspect is now outdated,
as evidenced by the huge number of e-LOGS submitted within 24 hours post contest and
especially within 7 days post contest.  Those who take the full allotted time are certainly
the outliers, but not violators and not presumed to be guilty (at least not by me).

To sum up, just because someone takes the full 30-days to submit a log carries no additional
meaning.  Shortening the submission time frame will not prevent someone bent on cheating
from cheating.

de Doug KR2Q

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