[CQ-Contest] Assisted

jimk8mr at aol.com jimk8mr at aol.com
Fri Aug 17 12:40:38 EDT 2018

The reason to put some limits on technology is that technology allows (single op) people pursuing a maximum score to do so without relinquishing their spectrum. Once upon a time finding multipliers (or S&P QSOs) involved giving up a run frequency for a while, which then allowed some other person to grab that frequency to do some running himself. Now a two second QSY to listen for a spotted station or a ten second QSY to work the guy doesn't constitute relinquishing a frequency. 

The same principle applies to multi-ops using two stations and operators on a band to vacuum the band while still holding a prime run frequency for 48 hours. It's less clear what if anything to do about that.

Most of us, even with antennas much better than an OCF dipole, don't find it interesting to spend a weekend tuning around listening to the same big stations running on their same frequencies.

73  -  Jim  K8MR




-----Original Message-----
From: Yuri <ve3dz at rigexpert.net>
To: 'Trent Sampson' <vk4ts at outlook.com>; CQ-Contest <CQ-Contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Fri, Aug 17, 2018 10:31 am
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Assisted

I think the definition of the category should be really based only on a number of operators and number of transmitted signals at a time. 
Single OP or Multi Op (different numbers of TX's). That's it.
If a single Op can do what a bunch of people together can't - why should he be handicapped?
If he can utilize all of the technology and all by himself (without physical help of other people) - why should we call him assisted? Only because a bunch of "ordinary" people can't do the same?

Of someone is using OCF dipole instead of monoband Yagi, or if someone doesn't have Internet in the shack - that's his own choice. Everyone else doesn't have to "downgrade" because of that.

Yuri VE3DZ

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