[CQ-Contest] Claiming assistance when not actually assisted
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.
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.
> 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:
>> Tim N3QE
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