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

Bob Naumann W5OV at W5OV.COM
Thu May 31 06:44:54 PDT 2012


I'm afraid you've missed the point.

"Other forms of assistance such as packet" are specifically precluded by the
rules for single ops already.

So, there is no debate about whether packet (and all of the various forms of
spotting networks) should be considered assistance. It already is.


-----Original Message-----
From: K0HB [mailto:kzerohb at gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:36 AM
To: Bob Naumann
Cc: David Gilbert; <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Assisted or not assisted question (yet again)

Bob, every point you make, other than the "real time" issue, could be made
at some level for other forms of assistance such as packet.

(and on slow packet days....) 

73, de Hans, K0HB

Sent from my iPad

On May 31, 2012, at 5:11 AM, "Bob Naumann" <W5OV at W5OV.COM> wrote:

> Dave,
> Your point about SCP is well-taken, and many share your perspective that
> constitutes "assistance" and should be disallowed.
> How do I justify the use of SCP, and make a distinction that allows it?
> First, the *static* SCP data does not automatically populate your logging
> program without you (the operator) typing the callsigns - you have tou
> initially type in the partial callsign and you then make the decision of
> which possible callsign is the one you're actually working. 
> The SCP data is static and not real-time; in other words, the SCP data is
> not based on what callsigns are active in the current contest. If SCP were
> dynamic, real-time data, I would be opposed to its use.
> While the SCP database can suggest possibilities based on your keystrokes,
> it does not guarantee that the callsign it suggests is correct nor does it
> confirm that what you're typing is correct. 
> You, as the operator, have to decide if the station calling you matches
> suggestion or not - you have to take the risk of it being wrong and you
> to make the decision to log that callsign. If you're wrong, you'll be
> penalized and lose points.
> When SCP first came out, I considered it the "great equalizer". I know
> some operators spend a great deal of non-contest time on the air and
> what callsigns are active and likely to be on the air. I see this as a
> advantage over those of us who have a life outside of contesting and ham
> radio.
> Mainly, because of the mandatory decision process involved in the use of
> for a single operator, I do not have any problem with SCP nor do I equate
> with "assistance".
> 73,
> Bob W5OV
> P.S. This is my personal opinion and does not necessarily represent any
> contest committee that I am a member of.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
> [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of David Gilbert
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5:34 PM
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Assisted or not assisted question (yet again)
> When I operate unassisted I don't use the internet for anything during 
> the contest, period.
> However, I find this and other similar responses to be very curious.  
> You in particular have previously tried to define assistance as 
> involving outside help with callsign and frequency information that 
> leads directly to a specific contact.  I'm not sure how real time 
> propagation guidance fits that at all.  I'm even less able to understand 
> how callsign fills generated via SCP during the contest for a station I 
> may have never previously worked doesn't count as much greater contact 
> assistance, especially given the interpretation of assistance ("not due 
> to your own efforts") you just gave below.
> But aside from that, I'll bet that a ton of people use some sort of real 
> time propagation guidance during a contest anyway and are convinced they 
> are operating unassisted.  It would be interesting to see how many hits 
> these web sites get during a contest, and who those hits are coming from:
> http://www.spacew.com/www/realtime.php
> http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_1m.html
> http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/today.html
> http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=5447
> http://www.radiosport.ca/zoneprop/
> That last one even seems to get publicized here on this same reflector 
> before many major contests as a good site to monitor during the contest.
> I guess a lot of this discussion just sounds skewed and even 
> hypocritical to me ....
> 73,
> Dave   AB7E
> p.s.  Before anyone accuses me again of trying to stretch the rules as 
> has happened here in prior similar threads, please reread my first 
> sentence above.
> On 5/30/2012 10:14 AM, w5ov at w5ov.com wrote:
>> Clearly, getting information like this from the internet is assistance.
>> Regardless of how narrow you make it, getting this information is not due
>> to your own efforts. This will tell you that the band you're on is open,
>> etc.
>> I say NO. This should not be permitted as single operator.
>> Bob W5OV
>> P.S. This is my personal opinion and not necessarily representative of
>> contest committee I am a member of.
>>> 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
>>> 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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