[CQ-Contest] ARRL Rookie Contest

James Duffey jamesduffey at comcast.net
Thu Feb 11 19:43:26 PST 2010

John - You wrote:
> The contest hasn't even had its initial running and they are already trying to deal with problems??? What problems is real time logging going to solve?

I meant that real time logging will deal problems with contest logging in general, particularly after the contest is over but logs have yet to be submitted. So it is nice to see the ARRL implement it in a contest. I hope that they expand its use where appropriate. Advantages I see are:

1. Immediate feedback as to whether or not a contact is valid.  

2. No time for modifications to logs or editing of logs after the contest is over. What you enter during the contest is what you get.

3. No category shopping. 

4. No more requests for recordings of CW skimmer on the CQ_Contest list. :^)=

5. No more waiting months for results; they will be available immediately after the contest is over.

Other than not being able to enter the contest without a computer and internet access, I don't see any down side to this. With the oft heard laments on this list of the aging of the contesters and the decline in contesting, I think that this is at least an attempt to inject new blood into contesting, and I think that is good. - Duffey

James Duffey
Cedar Crest NM


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