[CQ-Contest] Convergence and Change

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Thu May 26 22:34:18 EDT 2016

I thought that this thread was about the proposed elimination of the
unassisted category (or combining them as it was more delicately stated) and
now it has turned into the monthly assisted discussion.

CQ could save a whole lot of bandwidth on this list if they would changed
the name of the Assisted category.  Kudos to the ARRL for calling it
Unlimited!  Kelly is correct, the definition of "assistance" is quite clear
in the terms of the rules (shown below) and to me it seems pretty
reasonable. Forcing everyone into this category does not seem reasonable.

QSO finding assistance: The use of any technology or other source that
provides call sign or multiplier identification of a signal to the operator.
This includes, but is not limited to, use of a CW decoder, DX cluster, DX
spotting web sites (e.g., DX Summit), local or remote call sign and
frequency decoding technology (e.g., CW Skimmer or Reverse Beacon Network),
or operating arrangements involving other individuals.

John KK9A

Re: [CQ-Contest] Convergence and Change
from [Kelly Taylor]	[Permanent Link][Original]
To:	Yuri Blanarovich <k3bu at optimum.net>
Subject:	Re: [CQ-Contest] Convergence and Change
From:	Kelly Taylor <ve4xt at mymts.net>
Date:	Thu, 26 May 2016 17:23:05 -0500
<cq-contest at contesting.com">mailto:cq-contest at contesting.com>
Why is it so hard to just read the rules as they are? They're pretty clear. 
Most rules say packet/cluster and Skimmer (local or otherwise) are
Some add single-channel decoders. 

If it's not defined by the sponsor as assistance (sandwich-bearing spouses, 
pre-contest antenna-raising crews, computer logging, etc.), it's not 

Btw: I think eliminating entire categories to combat cheating is a fool's 

73, kelly, ve4xt

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