[CQ-Contest] Does Using ViewProp Make You Assisted

brian coyne g4odv at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Nov 19 16:44:28 EST 2013

With this sort of thing we need to ask ourselves, that whilst not specifically excluded by the wording of the rules, is it within the spirit of the rules pertaining to 'Assistance'?

As a traditional single op I would not feel comfortable using such a tool, whilst callsigns and frquencies may be excluded there is still the facility to see which paths are open plus the ability to see openings on other bands. Such a facility would cause me to make decisions I would not otherwise have made and probably give me an advantage over other single ops.

73 Brian 5B4AIZ / C4Z.

 From: Ken Widelitz <widelitz at gte.net>
To: cq-contest at contesting.com 
Sent: Tuesday, 19 November 2013, 6:01
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Does Using ViewProp Make You Assisted

   I've just downloaded and started to plan with ViewProp. What a neat tool!
   If I don't display the path grid which shows call signs, does displaying the
   DX Atlas map that ViewProp creates make me assisted?
   Per CQWW rule VIII 2. QSO alerting assistance: The use of any technology or
   other source that provides call sign or multiplier identification along with
   frequency information to the operator.
   I think viewing the DX Atlas map is NOT assistance per rule VIII, since it
   doesn't show call signs and frequencies. The ViewProp grid does not tie into
   my band maps, so I can't see the calls and frequencies there either.
   73, Ken, K6LA / VY2TT
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