[CQ-Contest] LY9W ? - time to ban SCP?

it9blb at infcom.it it9blb at infcom.it
Fri Jul 31 14:51:14 EDT 2015

Another uncontrollable lot of sort of "automated operating aids"
to be deleted from Unassisted category?
Another good reason to unify Assisted & Unassisted and
stop with mother of cheated categories!

Just my absolutely personal opinion


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Da: "jpescatore--- via CQ-Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Inviato: Venerdì, 31 luglio 2015 13:02:15
Oggetto: Re: [CQ-Contest] LY9W ? - time to ban SCP?

This really is a good topic for one of those Contest Sponsor surveys of the contesting community.

SCP, history files, zone autofill, auto dupe checking, even auto beam heading are all "automated operating aids" that replaced either human skills or hard copy operating aids because the technology enabled integrating it into contest logging software.

Contest "octopusses"  were once going to be the end of contesting, but now SO2R boxes are commonly accepted use of technology to enable an equipped operator to vastly out-perform an unequipped operator.

The flip side of technology is that the contest sponsors get to use it too - we are now routinely judged on accuracy and the bar for acceptable accuracy is way higher than it was in the paper logging days. It is also way more fun to make 4200 hundred "technology assisted" contacts with a small number of dupes across 48 hours than it was to make 2500 with lots of dupes using paper and pen.

Genies do get put back in bottles, as in rules against certain types of swim suits or car modifications in competitive swimming and car racing. It is up to the contest sponsors and the overall sense of the competitors to decide, there are not absolutes.

Personally, I'd fill out the survey saying SCP and history files should only be used in an assisted category and would actually like to see zone autofill fit in that category. Autofill based on the current contest log, like dupe checking and during contest exchange fill and comparison, I could see being allowed with being considered assistance.

73 John K3TN

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