[CQ-Contest] Scandinavian (SAC) Contest Committee acceptsAssisted-cheating

Igor Sokolov ua9cdc at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 08:15:19 PST 2011

Matts, I am not going to defend the offenders of the existing rules but SAC 
from here is such a dull contest that it would only benefit from change of 
rules allowing skimmers and cluster. Alternatively why not follow the pass 
of RDXC and Ukrainian contest and several others? Allow everybody to contact 
everybody and give more points and/or multiplier for Scandinavian stations. 
That will sure bring in more participation and make this contest much more 
Just my HO.

73, Igor UA9CDC
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mats Strandberg" <sm6lrr at gmail.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Cc: <ns3t at arrl.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 4:37 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Scandinavian (SAC) Contest Committee 

The Scandinavian Activity Contest is a popular contest that has promoted
activity between Scandinavian stations and rest of the world for more than
50 years. The organization of SAC rotates between the four biggest NRAU
(Nordic Amateur Radio Union) members Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. 
2010 was organized by the Danish society EDR. The final results were
recently published on the official SAC-site www.sactest.net


Everything should be perfect then – but a big "mistake" has occured: The SAC
CC has for some strange reason accepted that use of skimmers and clusters is
acceptable, despite that rules strongly prohibits use of such assistance for
Single Operator entries. The winner of SAC CW for Non-Scandinavians (R3CM)
has himself on 3830 reported that he used Assistance:


Despite of using only 18 of the 24 available hours, R3CM broke the previous
All Time High record of SAC CW with an amazing 64088 points (73% increase),
finishing with 151.404 points, 814 QSOs and 186 multipliers.  The second
station (RT3T) ”only” managed to score 117.936 points, 648 QSOs and 182
multiplies. Also this result is an amazing 35% increase from the previous
All Time High of year 2002.

Many of the top-scoring stations in the three power categories (HP, LP and
QRP) show amazing efficiency compared to previous years. The activity in SAC
from Scandinavian stations has increased quite a bit, but mainly on SSB,
leaving the theoretic workable amount of CW QSOs pretty much unchanged
during the past decade.

The use of CW Skimmer is a revolutionary tool in a contest like SAC, where
non-Scandinavians are strongly focused on Search & Pounce operation.

SAC prohibits the use of skimmers and clusters, but the committee apparently
lacks the ability to evaluate who is playing according to the rules – and
who is not.

Attentive readers of the 2010 results might find notice me as number five in
Europe. If anyone has the thought I might talk in my own interest, trying to
remove stations above my own position, I can clearly state it is not in my
own interest. I would be glad to convert my 5th place entry into a check-log
just if the SAC CC would move clear violators of the Non-Assisted rule to
Multi Single category.

The funny thing is that R3CM would win this Multi Single category as well,
so no harmed feelings for him I guess…

The SAC CC has been informed about this problem a long time ago, but has
disregarded this important remark for some unclear reason...

The SAC Contest Committee has been under hard pressure for non-efficiency
regarding awards and diplomas (partial backlog since 1996), as well as for
late results. The backlog of diplomas and awards has by individual work of a
few SAC enthusiasts, pushing the different NRAU societies, been highly
improved. The speed of results have become a bit better. The activity of SAC
has increased with 40 percent the past 3 years.

However, the obsolete rotating scheme of organizing has again proved to me a
reason for non-accurate and unfair results! When will the organizers realize
that something has to be done with the unskilled management of SAC?

Serious Non-Scandinavian participants will for sure take all this into
consideration when mobilizing efforts and energy for a full 24 hour effort
in 2011… I will for sure not participate as a result of this unprofessional
management of SAC 2010!

73 de R3/SM6LRR, Mats
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