[CQ-Contest] Blind Mode for N1MM Bandmap

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Sun Oct 24 17:39:50 PDT 2010

Ultimately, regardless of how finely the rules are written, it comes down to

Do you trust the competitors to follow the rules, or don't you?

If you do, then it should not be necessary to write rules that only a lawyer
can interpret.

If you don't, well, it doesn't matter how the rules are written, because
someone will deliberately break them.

At least half the problem with this argument, and all similar arguments
before it and all yet to come, is that we know that some of our fellow
contesters can not be trusted... and we know that some comb the rules
looking for grey areas to find loopholes or to "push the envelope."  

Only we don't know which contesters can't be trusted, at least in some if
not all contests.  (We know who some of them are, but not all, and some of
those known to be untrustworthy will argue the point -- and they might be
right, in the given circumstances).  

Now... do we write new detailed rules, more onerous than the last, trying to
prevent the untrustworthy from cheating?  Or do we find a better way to
clamp down on the cheaters without requiring passing the bar to understand
and comply with the rules?

Because I want K3AIR in my shack to operate, not to tell me when I'm in
danger of a rules violation.


-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of VR2BrettGraham
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 7:11 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Blind Mode for N1MM Bandmap

There is a big difference between the operator somehow finding out 
himself that there is energy on some frequency & figuring out what that 
energy might be by himself, compared to being told somehow that there is 
energy on some frequency & any suggestion to him about what that energy 
might be...

It is absurd to have a competition based on something that folks clearly 
do not see the same.  This discussion is about subverting the rules as 
well as fleshing out where the line is so as to not cross it.  All 
depends upon your interpretation of what that competition is about.

The root problem is blatantly obvious.  The disease continues to go 

73, ex-VR2BG/p.

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