[CQ-Contest] Suggestions not to the next CQWW Contest Director but to top CQWW Competitors

José Nunes CT1BOH ct1boh at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 13:43:08 EDT 2012

I found Yuri's post
http://lists.contesting.com/_cq-contest/2012-09/msg00100.html very

Yuri's suggests to the future new CQWW Contest Director four new rules that
top 5 competitors in the CQWW should adopt:

1. Pre-registration of category
2. Two days log submission
3. Audio recording of Contest
4. Video recording of Contest
Some are very easy to implement 1.2.3. Number 4. is more difficult

These suggestions demonstrate the belief among some top competitors that
some world winners did indeed cheat to obtain their #1 position.
This cheating can be due to the fact that:

   - The used i) packet ii) skimmer iii) another operator sitting next to
   them to feed them rare multipliers and/or help make QSOs
   - They used another operator to fill in, while they take a nap
   - They used programs like SH5 that produce probable busted QSOs lists,
   e-QSL web site to check calls claiming QSO with them that don't match their
   logs and or in conjunction with contest recording to fix busted calls
   - They used too much power or multiple amplifiers per transmitting
   - They add non existent QSOs with rare multipliers

... The list goes on.

An extraordinary performance, an extremely low error rate, etc., sometimes
are the signs of an extraordinary operator or a paltry cheater.
A careless operator can go very fast and forget about corrections or ask
for repeats if he can fix things later. Dramatic improves in the final
error rate is very suspicious.

I think it is very well known by now that SDR recordings of the total 48
hours of the contest, of all bands and frequencies are becoming available
to contest organizers. The following link in my post (don´t click on it
because it is a 600MB file, instead right click and save it to your disk in
case you have broadband Internet access
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/69915136/B2_20111126_010000_7091kHz.wav is an
example of a SDR recording of the CQWW Contest on 40 meter, day
one, between 01:00 and 01:15z. All the stations that were active on the
contest can easily be checked by a Contest Committee. You also need to
download free spectravue program http://www.moetronix.com/spectravue.htm to
listen to the SDR file and control the "SDR Radio". Its very fun to have
CQWW Contest playback

So Yuri suggestions make indeed very sense.

It should also be noted that the 2012 CQWW rules
http://www.cqww.com/rules.php have two new rules that tries to address in
depth one of the problems I mentioned above, i.e. fixing busted calls after
the contest:

Rule 1: XII Log Instructions (...) The callsign sent by an entrant during a
complete exchange, must be logged as sent by the entrant(...)
Rule 2 XIV Deadline 1. All entries may be sent within 5 days after the end
of the contest (...)

Of course in 5 days a lot of things can happen, but with new rule 1 above,
an operator that systematically fixes busted calls after the contest with
the help of recording to avoid log checking penalty (and we know
this was happening listening to SDR recording and comparing the recording
with the log) WILL BE CAUGHT!

But I like you suggestion to even make log deadline shorter for top
competitors. I will defend that rule change within CQ WW Contest Committee.

But until that happens, why don't we engage in a peer group program.

For example, the top 5 CQWW SOAB CW stations in 2011 CW Contest were:
EF8M (RD3A), PZ5T(VE3DZ), CR3E(CT1BOH), P40W(W2GD), 8P5A(W2SC)
I have personally visited all these stations except PZ5T, and I know they
all have Internet access at the station or at very nearby hotel.
So lets all agree to send the contest log to CQWW robot withing 1 hour
after the end of the contest.

We can do this. We don't need to wait for a rule. It is very easy and sends
a powerfully message to all competitors.
The rule can come later, but with a peer move, we can act together and say.
Here is my log - Clean.
Perhaps other top competitors can come together and join this peer group.

So what say?

This post is BCC to EF8M, PZ5T, CR3E (myself), P40W and 8P5A personal

73 José
José Nunes
CONTEST CT1BOH - http://www.qsl.net/ct1boh

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