[CQ-Contest] Self-spotting in-debth

Tim Shoppa tshoppa at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 11:35:28 EDT 2015

N2IC writes:
> Comparing the scores of unassisted to assisted operators is like
comparing apples-to-oranges.

Indeed, it is apples-to-oranges. Look at the top 3 ASSISTED LP in ARRL DX
CW this year:

   KB3WD 2.9M
   W3KB 2.8M
   N1EN 2.7M

Then look at top 3 UNASSISTED LP in ARRL DX CW this year:

   K1ZM 5.1M
   W1UE 4.3M
   N5AW 3.6M

In many contests the top scores go to those who entered unassisted. This
doesn't mean that assistance hurts scores, it just means that folks choose
assisted vs unassisted for a wide variety of reasons (including WRTC
qualification details.)

Tim N3QE

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