[CQ-Contest] Throwing the Baby Out With the Bathwater

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Wed Mar 16 21:14:55 PDT 2011

I fail to understand all this animosity toward contests sponsors that 
are simply trying to clean up their events.  If you don't believe there 
is a lot of cheating going on you have to be living in a cave.  What 
would you have the RXDC do?  They know cheating is going on and we've 
all seen serious competitors complain about it.  Do you want the RDXC to 
just put their head in the sand like the ARRL mostly does?  The RXDC has 
clearly limited the more draconian requirements to the best of their 
ability and they've tried to leave the rest of us as unaffected as 
possible, even though I'd wager my IRA that a lot of cheating is going 
on at all levels.  The rest of us are probably less emotionally invested 
in whether we finish 15th vs 16th, or 83rd vs 82nd, but the folks 
fighting for #1 probably care a ton whether the guy who beat them was 
cheating or not.

So tell  me ... what would you do if you were on the RXDC?  Try to put 
yourself in their position and come up with something better than just 
sniping at them.

Dave   AB7E

On 3/16/2011 6:43 PM, Warren C. Stankiewicz wrote:
> Clearly, the rules as stated for RXDC do not go far enough.
> At the minimum, we should administer polygraph tests to everyone finishing
> in the top 15 in any category;
> And anyone in any top 5 should be forced to spend time in Lefortovo or
> Guantanamo (depending on the contest sponsor) until they reveal every last
> contesting secret and detail they may have. I'm sure there are plenty of
> people out of that line of work who would be willing to offer their talents
> of persuasion for such a task.
> I think of the great line Dave Newkirk once had, "They died that we might
> DX." We're not there yet, but it's getting uncomfortably close.
> Friends, if there truly is this much cheating going on in amateur radio
> contesting, then the hobby is irretrievably lost. Let us stop focusing on
> the few (or the one) who might win, and on those who only operate to make a
> few contacts--without them, there's no contest at all.
> With malice towards none,
> Warren, NF1J/6
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