[CQ-Contest] Posting Scores

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Wed Mar 25 23:11:33 EDT 2015

I have no problem at all with someone who wants to use Live Scoring if they
think it enhances their contest experience.

That said:  

When someone starts demanding, or at least insisting, that those who do not
agree (in whole or in part) with that sentiment MUST participate, whether
they wish to or not... that I have a problem with.

There is a difference between promoting and encouraging... versus demanding
and insisting.  

Really, I am very happy that so many thinks this enhances their contest
experience.  If it works for you, go for it.

If it doesn't work for me, at least in a particular contest... don't cross
the line.  If I choose to decline, whatever my reasons are, don't try to
force it on me.

73, ron w3wn
-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
Stuart Phillips
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:29 PM
To: W0MU Mike Fatchett
Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Posting Scores

> On Mar 25, 2015, at 8:34 AM, W0MU Mike Fatchett <w0mu at w0mu.com> wrote:
> So many closed minds.............
> Think outside the box.  Think about how this or something else might
encourage other people to get into radio.
> There was a time here in Colorado where a close group of guys got on for
SS and were quite competitive.  I would have been pretty fun to watch them
all with live scoring.
> I think XE2B takes it even further with live webcam.
> Sorry so many of you missed the point or Rick's post.
> Mike W0MU

Kevin K6TD and I have experimented using our own Live Scoring server with a
couple of the local contest clubs here in Northern California.  There's a
write up of what was done in an article  in the November/December NCJ iF I
recall the date correctly.

The server only reported QSO and point total by submitter.  Discussions
within our club resulted in us thinking that band and multiplier break downs
conveyed more information on individual strategy than most were prepared to

We used the Live Scoring (LiveScores was the name we gave the server) in a
contest-within-a-contest which we did as an overlay on last years Ontario
QSO Party between REDXA, MLDXX and PL259.

It was a fun event and the Live Scoring clearly served as an added element
to operators as well as adding to the spirit of competition between friends!
I guess it also helped that we weren't competing against "just another
callsign" but knew the individuals and their stations which helped everyone
relate to what was going on.

Mike is right - with an open mind and the willingness to think outside the
box, live scoring has interesting possibilities!

If anyone is interested, happy to share the server code we used.  The "keep
it local" focus was a large contributor to the fun factor and the
participation level.

Stu K6TU

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