[CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Tue Feb 10 18:32:22 EST 2009

I get it.

I don't think you get it Dave.

You still have a choice to operate the contest how you like.  If you want to
be considered for awards then you follow their rules.  Does it matter who
makes them?  People that do not like the sprint rules simply do not operate
them.  They do not operate them and they not send in the logs because they
don't like the qsy rule.

They do tell you how much time you can operate, up to x hours.  No more.  If
you choose to operate less, that is your business.  Operating even a minute
more will lead to a reduction of your score.  So you can't operate more than
the time allotted.

Worrying about what CQ magazine or ARRL or what anyone does with my log
really does not hit my Freedom or Liberty radar screen.  There is nothing
there but a list of the people I worked or I thought I worked with some
errors.  Nothing more nothing less.

I understand all about the Freedoms and Liberties we are currently fighting
for in this country right now.  I will jump on that bandwagon with you in a
heart beat.  CQ and any other contest sponsor is not affecting my rights one
bit by creating rules they think is best for THEIR, yes THEIR contest.  If
enough people don't like THEIR rules or think it is fun then participation
will dry up.  Pretty simple stuff here.

This is your cause it is obviously not mine. I do respect your decision.  I
do not agree with it. We will have to agree to disagree on this one and I
would love to have a Red Stripe with you.  It has been a long time since I
have been on the DX side of a pile up!

CQ contest!

-----Original Message-----
From: David Kopacz [mailto:david.kopacz at aspwebhosting.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 4:08 PM
To: W0MU Mike Fatchett; cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: RE: [CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM


Thanks for your thoughtful reply.

Publishing a log after the contest is NOT a rule, nor is it consensual.
Instead, it is coerced. Either agree to your log being published or forfeit
eligibi8lity for an award. I hardly find that consensual in any sense of the

They do not force us to operate a set period of time. No one is forced to
operate the entire contest. I can operate just 2 hours. They do specify
parameters under which we operate, but they aren't forced either. They set
limits, yet I can operate using 800 watts instead of the 1500 watt limit. If
I choose, I can even categorize myself differently if I use less power. What
a treat! I can send abbreviated versions of the exchange instead of
"spelling them out". I can vary all sorts of parameters or "rules", yet I am
coerced into letting you have access to my logs if I want an award. Humbug!

Who makes the rules anyway? Is it a panel of our peers? Is it a system of
fair and just measures, or is it one person, or a committee of carefully
chosen individuals that will do as instructed by the supreme leader.

Who cares anyway? We all do this for fun, right? I think that is certainly
the case. Fun as it may be, everyone has a beef with one rule or another.
How many follow the FCC (or own government) rules when operating? Judging by
the crowdedness of the bands, I suggest few...LOL

I'm not trying to bully anyone. I haven't petitioned others to follow my
lead. You seem to have missed my point. My withholding of my log was merely
to show "what can" happen when you start toying with peoples "personal
property". Whether you choose to accept it as reality or not, my logs ARE my
personal property. They are not yours, not CQ Magazines and certainly not
the worlds property.

So perhaps you don't get it. It has nothing to do with whether I like the
"rule" or not. It is solely, and let me repeat this again, solely a
principal issue. I guess some might not be able to think that deep. It's OK.
One day when they wake up and everything is decided for them, they won't
have to think at all, just turn on the TV and down an ice cold beer
(hopefully a Red Stripe while visiting 6Y1V).

I sure have enjoyed this conversation.

If anyone would like to learn what kind of person I really am, join me at
6Y1V. The rents free, the air's warm and the beer is cold.

David ~ KY1V

-----Original Message-----
From: W0MU Mike Fatchett [mailto:w0mu at w0mu.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 4:35 PM
To: David Kopacz; cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: RE: [CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM

Dave it is just another rule.

They also force us to operate for a set period of time with power
regulations, mode restrictions etc.  They don't ask us to use 599 08 they
tell us.  What is the difference?

CQ does get your consent.  When you submit your log you consent to them
making the logs public.  That is their rule.  You don't happen to like it
for whatever reason you have.

We get it.  You don't like it.  Don't submit your logs.  Move along. 

What gets a bit more interesting is the apparent threat of what happens when
9 others do the same....  What happens is simply those operations don't win
anything and don't show up in the results and you actually end up hurting
the sport.  Nobody likes bullies.  It would appear you are trying to bully
the community into your way of thinking.  

This is a competition we don't get to chose which rules to follow.  

Do Nascar drivers get to choose how many laps they have to go around the
track, the fuel they use, tires or horsepower restrictions?  Of course not.
They make rules all the time that a few drivers or owners do not like but
guess what the races go on with them or without them.  

I have not heard one person suggest that you or anyone at 6Y1V did anything
wrong in the way you operated the contest or even remotely hinted that you
or any of the ops down there did any thing wrong.
Nobody has taken away your freedom.  You are free to operate in any contests
you wish.  To be considered for placement and awards you will have to submit
your log and abide by the same rules as everyone else.

If you are concerned about your freedoms, there are much bigger fish to fry
in Washington.


"A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may
never get over." Ben Franklin -----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of David Kopacz
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 2:41 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM

Of course I did nothing wrong. 

But public opinion does not make it right for CQ Magazine to publish my
personal property without my consent. That IS the issue. It is solely a
principle issue, nothing more nothing less. For those that think I have a
hidden agenda, I feel sorry for you.

I suspect if CQ asked, most would not object to opening their logs, but they
aren't asking, they are forcing it upon people.

The only reason I elected to withhold my log is because I am likely one of
the few that could impact the adjudication process and even that's
questionable, however, the statement is solid. What impact would ten 6Y1V
sized logs withheld have on the adjudication process?

For those that worried about people being able to put me us the log without
having worked us, I waited until after the submission deadline to make my
announcement. For those that think we must be cheating, I will release the
logs after the contest results are published.
Basically, every single person that publicly denounced my action holds no
merit. Why? Because they think the issue MUST be something other than
personal freedom.

We have already seen the results of opening logs. Accusations of cheating,
theft of strategy, to name a few. For what? So a few people can sleep better
at night?

Everywhere we turn today, someone is chipping away at our freedom of choice
while most standby idle and do nothing.

When there are no more choices and everything is decided for us, then what?

David ~ KY1V

-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Pete Smith
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 2:26 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM

Now *that's* over the top!  Slavery?  Give me a break!

I think I read the same public commentary as you did, David, and I thought
it was almost uniformly opposed to your position.  Since any controversial
topic on this reflector tends to draw the vociferous on both sides, that

suggests to me that the balance of contester opinion is not on your side.

I'm not suggesting that you did anything wrong, just that you *are* wrong on
this one.

73, Pete N4ZR

At 02:54 PM 2/10/2009, David Kopacz wrote:
>I suggest it is more likely:
>89% didn't take the poll
>6% favor open logs
>3% don't care
>2% opposed
>Even if the poll on contesting.com were an accurate representation of 
>the contesting population, one must keep in mind that just because 
>something is popular, doesn't make it right (slavery comes to mind
>The results are likely similar to the response I received after 
>announcing withholding my logs from CQ Magazine.
>Publicly, a few squeaky wheels shouted loudly against my action, while 
>privately via email, more than twice as many applauded my decision to 
>take a stand.
>I'll be more than happy to release my logs for inspection to the 
>paranoid, the accusers, the naysayers and those that simply think there

>must be "more to the story", once the results are published.
>Mission accomplished.
>David ~ KY1V
>-----Original Message-----
>From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com 
>[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of VE5ZX
>Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:32 AM
>To: 'CQ-Contest com'
>Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM
> > Likewise, I continue on philosophical and political grounds to
> > concept of "open logs" as is currently being debated.  That doesn't
>mean I
>The current survey on contesting.com suggests opposition to open logs 
>for any reason maybe a minority opinion.
>61% favor open logs, 24% don't care and 8% are opposed.
>... Sylvan
>Sylvan Katz, VE5ZX
>Saskatoon, SK
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