[CQ-Contest] Use of CW decoders in contests - NO, IT IS NOT "SIMPLE"

kr2q at optimum.net kr2q at optimum.net
Mon May 31 17:02:08 PDT 2010

Hans said:
It's really quite simple, isn't it.

Whatever TECHNOLOGY that you use INSIDE your station during the contest 
period should be allowed in the "unassisted" category.  This specifically 
would allow decoders, "panoramic scopes", LOCAL skimmer-like technology, 
[end snip]

Hans, I wish you would more clearly state this as YOUR OPINION, since Skimmer and Skimmer-
Like technology is specifically prohibited from the Single-Op category in many contests,
including the BIGGEST of them all.

We have folks on here asking things like: What does "USA SO(A)AB(TS) HP" mean, so we have
a fair number of novice or even potential contesters in the audience.  

The LAST thing we need is opinion being couched as if it were fact.

I know that you used the word "should," but lots of folks will not read that subtle nuance of
language into your statement.

I will never argument your right to your OPINION, but PLEASE be careful to define it as such.
It is REALLY HARD to ensure that contesters enter the correct category of entry (EG: "what is
assisted?") without potentially misleading statements being posted here.

Thanks for everyone's consideration of this when making sweeping-statements which are
actually opinion.

de Doug KR2Q

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