[CQ-Contest] Suggestion to solve category hopping

Rudy Bakalov r_bakalov at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 8 14:15:41 EST 2015

There is no issue in need of solving.

Rudy N2WQ

Sent using a tiny keyboard.  Please excuse brevity, typos, or inappropriate autocorrect.

> On Dec 8, 2015, at 10:11 AM, James M. Galm, W8WTS <jim at w8wts.com> wrote:
> Let me offer a light-weight suggestion that may make the category hopping
> issue disappear in future contests.  Adjust the log submission rules on two
> specific points:
> 1. Change the final log submission deadline to be essentially at the end of
> the contest.  Since email is not as instantaneous as it sometimes appears, a
> deadline of perhaps ten minutes after the contest end would be appropriate.
> This means that whatever an entry's log said in terms of QSOs, operators,
> entry category, etc. at 0000Z (or 0300Z for SS) is submitted.  
> 2. Let each entry have one log submission.  The first entry email is the
> only entry email.  Mistakes can happen and log files can be found in error
> (which should be rare), so resubmissions would be allowed but only with the
> approval of the contest adjudicators.  The contest adjudicators would
> determine whether a proposed resubmit was for a proper reason or not.  
> The whiners will immediately complain that they need time after the contest
> to correct and fix their logs before submitting.  Really?  What happened to
> logging completely and accurately during the contest and submitting what was
> logged?  End of contest log submission puts an increased premium on operator
> skill and logging accuracy, but I find that perfectly acceptable.  Large
> stations might complain that they need time to merge, process, or otherwise
> goof with their logs from multiple computers.  That sounds like a problem to
> be worked out between the large stations and logging software developers.
> Paper logs would still be acceptable, as long as they are preceded by an
> email at the contest end stating the call, location, operators and category,
> and that a paper log will be forthcoming to complete the entry.  
> End of contest log submission makes the final score and category the final
> score and category, end of debate.  Everyone is then free to post and
> soapbox on www.3830scores.com, see how they did compared to the other raw
> scores, and have no worries of post-contest end-run tactics.  
> 73, 
> Jim, W8WTS.  
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