[CQ-Contest] Technology against cheating?

Randy Thompson K5ZD k5zd at charter.net
Tue Mar 22 17:41:22 PDT 2011

This is a little bit like saying the referee for a football game or the
umpire for baseball needs to meet a legal standard before making a call.
(Although maybe instant replay is worse than that!)

The contest administrators and committees do have wide latitude to evaluate
entries and make rulings.  The challenge is finding credible evidence.
Should it be enough that someone claims another station was cheating?  Is a
recording enough?  Video? Friend of a friend? On air observation?

The upcoming CQ WPX Contest has the following rule:

"XIV. Declaration: By submitting an entry in the CQ WPX Contest you agree
that: 1) you have read and understood the rules of the contest and agree to
be bound by them, 2) you have operated according to all rules and
regulations of your country that pertain to amateur radio, 3) your log entry
may be made open to the public, and 4) all actions and decisions of the WPX
Contest Committee are official and final."

#4 kind of says it all.

Now. Everyone take a deep breath.  Relax.  Follow the rules. Have fun. The
experience of the journey is far more important than the place in the

Randy, K5ZD

> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Technology against cheating?
> I think the real problem with enforcement is being able to 
> have proof that would stand up to a legal challenge.
> Years ago I was an ARRL OO.  They used to put the calls of 
> people who got some number of OO notices in QST but then they 
> stopped doing that.  The reason, filtered down to those of us 
> in the field, was that they were leaving themselves open to 
> law suits.  (I have no idea how true that reason really was).
> But it's not too hard to imagine someone suing over being 
> DQ'ed.  So it seems to me that any ideas about how to "catch" 
> those who cheat needs to keep in mind some standard of proof 
> that will stand a legal challenge.
> Those who understand the legal field might be able to confirm 
> or dismiss this thought!
> OK, back in my hole,
> Ron, KU7Y
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