[CQ-Contest] Cheating as a moral issue

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Fri Sep 14 17:57:29 EDT 2012

If the sponsors are not going to do anything we can either accept that 
cheaters may win the contest and absolutely nothing will get done about 
it or not operate in those contests.  Call it a boycott if you will.

The real issue here is the good ole boy network.  Lots of people know 
what is going on and they bury their heads in the sand or a wink wink.

Maybe things would be different if CQ and whoever is responsible would 
spend more time policing and spending less time and column inches 
telling us just how terrible split operation is..............   Read 
between the lines.  We know cheating is going on but lets deflect the 
attention to ........................split......................... yeah!

On 9/14/2012 11:40 AM, David Gilbert wrote:
> "Until then I think the public outing of the perpetrators and life 
> time bans are sufficient. "
> Yeah, that's actually the problem ... those don't happen.   You see 
> people posting all the time about cheating instances that they are 
> aware of, yet they almost never post the callsign of the 
> perpetrator.   Hams who do speak out against competitors they have 
> reason to believe are cheating are themselves publicly vilified (check 
> back in the CQ-Contest reflector archives and you'll see what I 
> mean).  A couple of years ago I was looking at online pictures from 
> Dayton that showed several hams getting chummy with an east European 
> ham that had just been disqualified from one of the major contests 
> instead of treating him as a pariah.  Hams caught blatantly cheating 
> are allowed to withdraw their logs or reclassify them instead of 
> receiving a lifetime ban.
> We get what we deserve.
> Please don't get me wrong ... any contest that forces me to prove I 
> didn't cheat is a contest that I won't be entering.  I'm not going to 
> be paying the penalty for someone else's bad behavior.
> But we wouldn't need to even be discussing such things if we all 
> simply decided to excise the cheaters from our midst.
> Dave  AB7E
> On 9/14/2012 8:16 AM, W0MU Mike Fatchett wrote:
>> When the prizes for a Amateur radio contest equate to serious cash 
>> you can talk to me about video and audio recording and having to hire 
>> an entire staff to make sure the rules are followed.  Until then I 
>> think the public outing of the perpetrators and life time bans are 
>> sufficient.
>> This is supposed to be for fun and to hone our message handling skills.
>> W0MU
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