[CQ-Contest] Category hopping
Mike Smith VE9AA
ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca
Tue Dec 8 19:43:00 EST 2015
On 12/08/2015 10:21 AM, Maarten van Rossum wrote:
Personally I think CR3L did something clever and kudos to them for winning
M/M with a M/2 set-up (if that is in fact what they did).
Clever ? Hardly. You can argue whether what they did was ethical or not, but
there is nothing clever about changing categories.
I reserve the use of "clever" for teams like CN2AA and P33W, and the
pre-contest preparation by N6MJ for his ZF2MJ win.
I agree with Steve, N2IC, Jeff KU8E and Kevan N4XL
.and some others whos
calls I have now forgotten.
Posts are (presumably) made to 3830 in good faith. If someone uses that
information to swap categories to beat a fellow competitor after the
contest, its not clever, its underhanded & greasy.
What other competition do you enter in life choosing your category after the
results, or perceived results, are already in?
Personally, if I discovered a fellow VE1, 9 or VY2 had changed their
category after seeing my score or category on 3830 to get a leg up on me,
the word clever would NOT be the word I would use to describe them.
(Granted, normally I am not a contender
.but that aside)
Note that I have not commented on the CR3L team. I dont have any facts from
I do notice some post scores to CQWW at the last minute with comments on
3830 to follow. I can only surmise these guys are jostling for position in
the WRTC race. If they are clever by category shopping, I do not hold
them in a very high regard. I posit these guys could care less what I think
and may just do the win at all cost thing anyways.
I like to send my Cabrillo file at the end of the contest (like 5 minutes
after) or as soon as I wake up the next morning, changing nothing. I often
will post my 3830 results immediately after a contest.
If I am naïve and gullible, so be it. I can sleep like a rock knowing
perhaps I am not as clever as the next.
Mike, Coreen & Corey
Keswick Ridge, NB
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