[CQ-Contest] Assisted or not assisted question (yet again)

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Wed May 30 10:06:47 PDT 2012


Prediction software is not getting real time feedback like you are with 

You are using outside assistance to make operating decisions.

If you operate in the assisted class then I say have at it.  Single op 
unassisted should be all you.  Propagation predictions is just that a 
guess by a program.  You still have to determine if the band is open.   
By using skimmer you know this in a matter of seconds.

Mike W0MU

W0MU-1 CC Cluster w0mu.net:23 or w0mu-1.dnsdynamic.com

On 5/30/2012 8:14 AM, Igor Sokolov wrote:
> With great number of skimmers used by RBN I have developed a habit of
> checking propagation on different bands by calling CQ on a clear spot and
> collecting skimmers data.  VE7CC cluster software allows setting filters so
> that you only see spots for your own call sign.
> Now I wonder would such a technique be a violation of not assisted
> category. In essence I would not get no outside help in locating,
> identifying and working stations in the contest. I just get accurate and up
> to date information about propagation which is basically more accurate then
> what I might have got with the help of propagation prediction software.
> What is contesting public opinion?
> 73, Igor UA9CDC
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