[CQ-Contest] Cheating

Radio K0HB kzerohb at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 08:16:01 PDT 2012

I wouldn't be inclined to identify the station publicly (this time) but rather submit my evidence to the sponsor of the contest.

"Peer pressure" and "public humiliation" are not synonymous terms.

73, de Hans, K0HB

On Jul 18, 2012, at 5:34 AM, kr2q at optimum.net wrote:

> Well, in every aspect of life, there have been, are, and always will be cheaters.
> Two big elements (historically) that motivate cheating are (a) others do it so I need to 
> cheat as well in order to maintain a level playing field (HA!) and (b) What is the risk of getting
> caught?
> For ham radio events, there is a subset of (b)....if I get caught, will the contest sponsor
> actually take any action?  
> As we all know, there are some contests where "nobody ever gets DQed."  Maybe one of "those"
> has very recently changed for a single entrant.  A move in the right direction.
> Many decades ago (and definitely NOT the case today or even recently), the WPX contest was
> simply a joke in terms of log checking. The claimed score always = final score.  At the time,
> when questioned about the lack of checking, the reply was, "This isn't that kind of contest."
> Really?  Clearly, that wrong attitude was fixed ages ago now.
> So in consideration of "I wish they would do the right thing," that really depends in great 
> part on the sponsor taking action.  
> Also, I get your point, but I would say that 99.9% honesty is a bit optimistic.  In a contest
> with, say, 7000 log entries, do you really think there are only 7 guys breaking the rules?  Or
> maybe you distinguish between "breaking the rules" and intentional "cheating."
> Finally, at least for me, a big part of honesty and integrity and peer pressure.  I don't know
> why you have not listed the callsign of this station.  I think it would do tremendous good.
> Hopefully, if they don't "fall on their sword," after your admonition, you will then feel
> compelled to reveal their identify.  I'm sure someone has an SDR recording of the contest 
> that would clearly demonstrate two signals at once.
> Thanks for bringing this to light!  We need more of the same from others.
> de Doug KR2Q
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