[CQ-Contest] All the Assisted ops, where do they all come from?

Ktfrog007 at aol.com Ktfrog007 at aol.com
Wed May 18 16:24:26 EDT 2016


The common definition of Assistance refers to single operators  who use 
cluster spots, run their own skimmers or get some kind of outside  help to find 
stations.  On CW and RTTY the spots are now gathered by  skimmer robots 
which efficiently skim up almost everything.  On phone they  are generated 
manually by humans so there are fewer spots, but all the big  running stations 
and other significant stations get spotted.
This Assistance is just one side of the coin, however.  The other side  is 
the running stations who get spotted.  They count on being spotted to  
generate those huge runs and scores and if they claim to be Unassisted they  are 
not being honest.  These operators are also Assisted.  
The only truly Unassisted stations are those single operators doing only  
traditional S&P.  These are often small operations and certainly  do not 
include the big, famous winning stations that dominate the  competitions.
Given these definitions, the majority of single operator stations are  
Assisted which is why the two categories are converging, like it or not,  and 
why Unassisted should be eliminated
Ken, AB1J

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