[CQ-Contest] Is it time that the contest sponsors officially identify SCP as "assisted?"

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Wed Dec 2 08:00:36 EST 2015

Until recently I thought that assisted meant getting outside assistance to
find stations, typically multipliers. Skimmer made this more complicated
as it really is not anyone else helping you find stations. Then the
committee changed the rules to include code readers as assisted. Certainly
logging software and computer generated CW are also some type of
assistance or why would we use them. There would be no way to run on two
bands simultaneously using a keyer and pad of paper.  Where does this end?

John KK9A

To:	cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject:	[CQ-Contest] Is it time that the contest sponsors officially
identify SCP as "assisted?"
From:	kr2q at optimum.net
Date:	Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:26:40 +0000 (GMT)
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Yes, the sponsors (or their committees) make the rules and the definitions.

In CQWW and other contests, use of a database to alter calls is not
allowed...post contest.

There can be zero doubt that using SCP is using a database assembled by
Is there really a difference in changing a callsign during the contest via
of a db as
compared to changing it after the contest via a database?  Think about it.

Please focus on the "database" aspect rather than the timing aspect.

If CQWW can recognize use of a CW decoder (any type, not just skimmer
type) as
then why not recognize use of SCP as assisted?

For me (IMHO), use of SCP is far more "assisted" than use of a cw decoder.

If SCP partial is not helping you "copy" the callsign, then why use it? 
you be happy
to operate without it?  If yes, then say so.  If no, say so...and please
clarify why not.

This is an old tune for me.  See my NCJ article from May 1996, which covers
many topics,
including SCP.  Don't have it available?  Write me and I'll send you a copy.

Some things never change....or can they?

Usual disclaimer about my opinion versus my membership on the CQWWCC.

de Doug KR2Q

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