[CQ-Contest] Posting Scores

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Wed Mar 25 21:16:36 EDT 2015

So how do you handle contests with Serial numbers...........

Yeah we loved to get on 75m SSB from this area to see just how badly we 
got beat in DX contests.

Every thing I see is you are afraid of something that might happen to 
you.  No care at all about the big picture.  We are all getting older 
and who cares about anyone else.

This is kind of like expecting scoring changes with ARRL or CQ that 
actually might allow competitors from all over the country to have an 
equal shot at winning.

Got it.

Mike W0MU

On 3/25/2015 2:28 PM, Dave Mueller wrote:
> As a serious SOAB competitor, I don't want to see how my competition 
> is doing.  I always want to think that I am on the verge of losing, so 
> I don't slack on the 2nd radio and keep pushing to do the best that I 
> can until the end of the contest.  With visibility of how my 
> competition is doing, I could see myself slacking off or take off time 
> for a nap should I know that I am trouncing my competition, or 
> possibly quit altogether if I know that I am the one being trounced.  
> It's simple human nature.
> As a serious SOAB competitor, I don't want to share my score with my 
> competition because I don't want to give them any sort of free 
> advantage.  I don't want them to see that they are losing to me by a 
> small amount, and work harder to catch up and pass me.  I don't want 
> them to see that in the last 20 minutes, I worked a bunch of new 
> multipliers or had a big jump in score, possibly letting them in an 
> opening that they otherwise would have missed.
> As a several-time member of the K3LR M/M team, one of the most 
> memorable moments of the entire contest actually occurs after 2359Z 
> Sunday, when Tim, Frank, and the other M/M competition gets on 75m to 
> exchange scores.  Until this moment we have no idea of how our 
> competition did.  Everyone huddles around the speaker with pads and 
> pencils, to write down the summary and see how they stacked up to 
> their band competition at other stations.  Sometimes there is 
> exhilaration when we learn that our claimed score was higher.  Other 
> times, there is disappointment.  Either way, that moment is very 
> special and memorable to all of the K3LR team mates and likely for the 
> guys at W3LPL, WE3C, etc as well.  By sharing scores during the 
> contest, this special moment would not exist. By sharing scores during 
> the contest, you can find yourself bummed out for the entire 48 hours 
> because you are aware that your competition has some sort of 
> propagation advantage and there is nothing you can do to catch up 
> which frequently happens in M/M situations.
> WRTC is different - the scores are posted online but none of my 
> competitors have access to the data so I am OK with that.
> Granted, this is just more more opinion, but I hope to explain why I 
> am not likely to ever shares online, unless required to do so. I know 
> that others operate with a different mind set, but it doesn't work for 
> me.  It is a little frustrating to see a movement to try pressuring 
> guys to participate in something that they'd rather not do, for the 
> enjoyment of others.
> 73, Dave N2NL
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