[CQ-Contest] Revised 2011 NAQP Rules

Jim Smith jimsmith at shaw.ca
Sat Dec 25 01:41:18 PST 2010

Wow, thanks to Al and Bruce for reversing this rule.

I think it is incumbent on the rest of us to get the word out as well as 
we can to minimize the number of folks who use Skimmer because they 
didn't hear about the rule change.

I've sent the following to both the BC DX Club and the Orca DX & 
Contesting Club for posting on their web sites.


If you're planning on entering the CW North American QSO Party you may 
have noticed that, until today, Dec 24, the rules stated that the use of 
Skimmer will be allowed in the Single Op category.

The use of Skimmer by single ops in the upcoming NAQP CW has now been 


Entry Classification
Section 5.a.ii.

Please note that, if you're an NCJ subscriber, the Jan/Feb issue has 
already gone to print so will still show the old rules.

73, Jim VE7FO

Best way I can think of to get the word out is to send something like 
this to every contest club that you know of.

I'm sure that some folks won't get the word and will use Skimmer.  For 
the sake of the adjudicator, let's hope it's just a few.

Merry Xmas
Jim Smith VE7FO

On 12/24/2010 3:01 PM, Aldewey at aol.com wrote:
> All;
> I want to thank everyone for the feedback provided on this NAQP CW  issue -
> especially some very thoughtful responses that  were sent directly to Bruce
> and I off the list.  Although a  number of responses were received in
> support of the change, the vast majority  did not feel this was the time to
> introduce this change to NAQP.
> As Bruce points out, the amended rules for 2011 (that prohibit the use of
> automated tools in the Single Operator category) are now available on the
> NCJ Web Site and will apply to all 2011 NAQPs.   Because the  Jan/Feb, 2011
> issue of NCJ has already gone to print, be aware that the printed  rules
> shown in your copy of NCJ that you receive in the mail in the  next couple weeks
> will not show this change.
> Have a happy holiday, everyone.
> 73,
> Al, K0AD
> In a message dated 12/24/2010 12:32:23 P.M. Central Standard Time,
> bhorn at hornucopia.com writes:
> Although  the nature of contesting has been one of technological advances
> over the years  that have increased scoring opportunities, it's evident from
> the postings on  this list that the contesting community is not ready to
> adopt CW Skimmer-like  technologies in the single-op category at this time. For
> this reason and the  fact that the CW NAQP contest will be used as part of
> the team selection  criteria for WRTC 2014 starting in 2011, we've returned
> the single-op criteria  to the pre-2009 definition that prohibits the use of
> automated tools. The  rules on the NCJ web site have been updated to
> reflect this change.
> 73  de Bruce, WA7BNM    (bhorn at hornucopia.com)
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