[CQ-Contest] RDXC Entry Reclassified to High Power

Dennis McAlpine dbmcalpine at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 5 16:48:45 EDT 2016

If the RDXC Committee did indeed, as it said, use a flawed technology/method
to determine that HP was being used, it is obvious that the conclusion they
made should not be considered valid.  There seems to be as much evidence to
suggest that the results were rigged as there is that HP was used instead of
LP.  I would hope that the actions of the RDXC Committee were made with good
intentions and just misguided.  But, with the comments that have been made,
they should certainly relook at their conclusion.

To me, the only fair thing to do since the RDXC will not open itself and its
methods up for scrutiny is to remove the RDXC Contest as a qualifying event
for WRTC.  I strongly urge the WRTC Committee to consider just such an
action and eliminate this problem.

Should we therefore give up trying to limit HP cheating?  Of course not!
But, before branding someone as a CHEATER and painting a big red C on his
keyer, one should have pretty good proof that the suspect is indeed guilty.
I am not a lawyer but I think the practice being employed in this case is
tantamount to slander.  Ah, yes, more jobs for lawyers...

Probably the only way to accurately determine if HP is being used is an
on-site inspection, either within the station or at the antennas.  One other
possibility would seem to be a device that measures power, monitors it and
either sends it to someone or includes it as part of the submitted log.  It
would have to have some sort of method of determining that it was indeed
inserted just before the antenna but I am sure some of our techie friends
could come up with such a method.

Or, as someone has suggested, why not have qualifying or preliminary
contests during IARU contests on the year before WRTC but on a more
simplistic basis and monitored by a local group.  

Dennis, K2SX 

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
Kelly Taylor
Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2016 11:56 AM
To: Igor Sokolov
Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] RDXC Entry Reclassified to High Power


Are you saying that just because we have not come up with a proven means to
determine power cheating, we should merely accept the results of an
irrefutably flawed analysis?

Even the chief promoter and grand poobah of RBN technology has stated using
RBN analysis to determine power cheating is absurd.

73, kelly, ve4xt 

> On Oct 5, 2016, at 8:51 AM, Igor Sokolov <ua9cdc at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am not going to be on any side of the argument. But we all know that
power cheating exists and proliferates. It has become especially acute
after the introduction of the new WRTC selection rules which allowed LP
category compete against HP for the slot in WRTC.
> IMHO RDXC should be commended for pioneering the battle against power
violations even though their attempt is not fully approved by some.
> RDXC can be criticized for their approach but can critics offer other
reliable methods of fishing out power violators. I do not think that a 100%
reliable method exists.
> Does it mean that contest community should not pay attention to power
violations? I do not think so. Otherwise, why have different power
categories in the rules when these rules cannot be enforced.
> The simple solution would be to drop separation by power and have all the
participants compete in one power category.  But would such a radical step
be to the benefit of the contest community? Would it increase participation?
I think not.
> Then why don't we as a community use this precedent and try to find a
solution? Let's work out methods of verification of power cheating that
would be acceptable by a majority of the participants. This will be to the
benefit of all the contest sponsors where  power categories exist.
> Disclaimer: I have no relation to RDXC committee and not competing for
slot in WRTC. I just like the art contesting and want make better.
> 73, Igor UA9CDC 
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