[CQ-Contest] Technology against cheating?

David Thompson thompson at mindspring.com
Sun Mar 20 19:07:29 PDT 2011

I am confused.  Technology assists and is not cheating unless used 
incorrectly.  Packet, DX spots, skimmers are not illegal but are not to be 
used by single ops.

Log checking software along with human interfacing will catch most cheats. 
This leaves two areas of concern.  Power cheating and use of spots.  Power 
cheating is one reason why Don N4IN and I took so long to add low power and 
QRP to the CQ 160 Contests.  K1TTT and KS4Q both had the program that 
uncovered spot cheating by Single Operator entries.  I am certain both the 
ARRL and CQ Contests have access to this type of program.  The problem is 
power cheating.  There was a 3 Land station in the CQ 160 CW that could run 
stations and still claimed QRP.  Cheating on low power goes all the way back 
to the old ARRL SS according to Spike W9XR.

Please don't make hams guilty of cheating until they get caught.

73 Dave K4JRB 

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