[CQ-Contest] Mobile operation uploads to LOTW

Michael Coslo mjc5 at psu.edu
Fri May 8 06:13:29 PDT 2009

On May 7, 2009, at 8:52 PM, K0HB wrote:

>> What we have is a bit of disconnect between database management, and
>> the desire of a Ham to get a QSO accepted. If you get your QSO
>> acknowledged, you're happy. That database isn't though.
> The database doesn't care.  It's just an inanimate collection of  
> organized electrostatic charges on some server/disk farm.

I have to chuckle. Of course the database doesn't "care". It's an  
expression based on how well it's working.  But there is a person  
using it who does - or should. Databases are central and essential to  
what we do as contesters. Actually, I would have expected more people  
to be concerned, rather than just me.

>  ARRL isn't in the business of database management, they're in the  
> business of matching QSO's for credit.  Whatever works for  
> them........

But you see - it doesn't work. People have to contact them to ask "why  
isn't my QSO counting?" They then tell the person to change the data.  
That is not a working condition, it's a post contact change in the  
log. It's almost the same data entered twice. Imagine if contest  
sponsors wanted us to change the data in our logs because of something  
similar. We'd call it massaging the logs, and go off on another round  
of discussion about cheating.

I'm not privy to their system, but unless it isn't very robust, the  
change should not be very big.

> I was in the tool department at Lowe's the other day, looking at  
> drill bits. Had a 1/4" bit in my hand, inspecting it.  Helpful  
> employee asked "Do you want a quarter-inch drill bit?".  Told him  
> "No, I want a quarter-inch hole."

I'll have to remember that one, Hans. If he would have been quick on  
his feet, he would have given you a drill guide "with all the extra  
holes thrown in free!"

-73 de Mike N3LI -

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