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

Mike Ritz w7vo at comcast.net
Sat May 21 09:44:15 EDT 2016

You bring up a great point, Ken! I had never thought of it that way, and you are right. The only way an unassisted station can say he is truly unassisted is to not be spotted by another operator, or by a robot. I guess one needs to clarify the rules that unassisted stations cannot run, they must stick with strictly S&P. Makes sense to me! 


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From: "Ktfrog007--- via CQ-Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com> 
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Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 1:24:26 PM 
Subject: [CQ-Contest] All the Assisted ops, where do they all come from? 

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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