[CQ-Contest] Claiming assistance when not actually assisted

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Thu Dec 3 15:00:57 EST 2015

I don't see anything "unsportsmanlike" here at all.  Although I've never 
claimed assisted when operating unassisted, I see nothing wrong at all 
with entering any category that I qualify for.  I am morally required to 
enter assisted if I just once look at a bandmap populated from a packet 
node, even if it doesn't actually result in a QSO, but I can't enter 
assisted if I don't?  That makes zero sense to me.

If I operate low power I can't enter high power?  If I operate only CW 
in ARRL 10m I can't enter Mixed?

I'm not entering to get "better results" ... I spent the same effort and 
exhibited the same skills (or lack thereof in my case) no matter what 
category I enter.  My score (results) is the same.

In my opinion, categories should automatically up-scale anyway.  QRP 
could feed LP and HP.  Single band could feed multiband.  Single mode 
could feed multi-mode.  Unassisted could feed assisted.  Off the top of 
my head I can't think of any reason why not.

Dave   AB7E

On 12/3/2015 9:05 AM, Martin , LU5DX wrote:
> I would think, that constitutes a pretty unsportsmanlike behavior.
> One should submit his/her log according to the actual entry category. Not
> any other possible category to get better results.
> 73,
> Martin LU5DX
> On Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 11:57 AM, Tim Shoppa <tshoppa at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I would strongly discourage anyone from claiming assistance when not
>> actually assisted by the official rules. This smells too much of "gaming
>> category to get a plaque" and could easily result in an unassisted operator
>> getting a plaque that was actually intended for a truly, by-the-rules,
>> assisted operator.
>> I note that in CQWWCW 2013, if the #3 USA unassisted operator had claimed
>> assistance, he would've been #1 USA assisted. I could come up with many
>> other such examples, especially in WRTC qualifying years.
>> I also note that in my first ever RTTY contest (ARRL RTTY RU 2012), I was
>> unassisted-low but I carelessly sent my log in such a way, that the robot
>> put me in assisted-low which (because there was no single-op assisted
>> category) means that my log was put in the MSLP category. I saw this in the
>> robot's message but didn't pay any attention at the time because it was my
>> first RTTY contest ever and I knew I wasn't a contender. Just a few months
>> later I go to a club meeting, and everyone congratulates me on setting a
>> new record for MDC MSLP (which is how assisted single-ops were categorized
>> at the time.)
>> To this day I can still go to the ARRL website and see it says I still hold
>> that record, a record I do not actually deserve:
>> http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Contest%20Records/2014/arrlrtty_records_2014_wve.txt
>> Tim N3QE
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