[CQ-Contest] Real-time logging has already been done
Duane - N9DG
n9dg at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 14 06:27:45 PST 2010
Bravo to the ARRL creating a contest with sensible log submission deadline. 30 days to submit logs is a ridiculously long period of time.
Personally I'd take it a step further and go with real-time logging sooner rather than later. Real-time logging has been done for some of the VHF Sprints a few years ago. And I must say as a long time VHF contester the real-time scoring angle was an absolute blast. It added a completely new dimension to contesting. Instead of the contest feeling like a long "slogging" event, it felt more like a real race, and you got an update every 10 minutes or so for how your competition was doing. It provided additional motivation to really work the band. And immediately when the contest was over I knew right away how I did compared to my competition. Even better was that when the contest was over, the contest was *done*, and I mean everything, no time spent prepping logs to submit, no waiting months to see the results.
The VHF Sprint real-time logging info is here:
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