[CQ-Contest] Revised 2011 NAQP Rules

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Tue Jan 4 23:29:02 PST 2011

I regularly use the waterfall display of CW Skimmer in Blind Mode and 3 
KHz Audio Mode (actually only about 300 Hz bandwidth) for unassisted 
operation in CW contests because it has great resolution and gives me 
12-15 running seconds of visual display in case I screw up receiving a 
character by ear.  I don't have to rely on it very often, but when I do 
it saves me from asking for a repeat.

I don't think that's the real point of this discussion, though.  The 
problem I see with almost all of these rule definitions (from contest 
sponsor and interested participant alike) is that they focus on listing 
what is not acceptable to use instead of clearly defining what the 
acceptable entry would look like.  If I order prime rib at a restaurant 
I describe what I want and how I want it cooked ... I don't list all the 
kinds of meat I don't want (chicken, pork, fish) and I don't list all 
the utensils I don't want it cooked with (deep fat fryer, microwave, 
propane torch).  Contest sponsors need to define what unassisted 
operation looks like without trying to define what it doesn't look 
like.  So far I haven't seen any of them do that very well, and as long 
as they focus on defining what it isn't the rest of us have to guess at 
what it is by process of elimination.

Dave   AB7E

On 1/4/2011 6:23 PM, Bob Naumann wrote:
> K1TTT said: "If it says by ear, they won't use waterfalls or lights or
> vibrators.... they just won't participate, and I think we do want everyone
> to participate."
> Of course everyone wants everyone to participate.
> That said - who are these guys who need to use these non-standard decoding
> methods, and how many of them are there - really?  Is there really anyone
> who wants to operate CW NAQP who fits this category, or is this an imaginary
> person?
> I'd hate to see us all getting "wrapped around the axle" (I always like that
> one in meetings) for no real reason.
> 73,
> Bob W5OV
> (no longer a corporate meeting attender)
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