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

RT Clay rt_clay at bellsouth.net
Wed May 30 11:05:15 PDT 2012

"assistance" is usually defined as not just "locating, identifying and working stations", but any time other people help to contribute to your score. Using this kind of outside assistance to get a better picture of propagation is then clearly not allowed- knowing propagation and the capabilities of your station are all keys to scoring well.

Just listening for beacon stations to see if a band is open is ok however because no one is helping you.


--- On Wed, 5/30/12, Igor Sokolov <ua9cdc at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Igor Sokolov <ua9cdc at gmail.com>
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Assisted or not assisted question (yet again)
> To: 
> Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 9:14 AM
> 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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