[CQ-Contest] CQWW Contest Committee comments on audio recordings (was MM3AWD)

Peter Bowyer peter at bowyer.org
Mon Feb 5 04:22:40 EST 2018

So in conclusion:-

1. MM3AWD's log contained suspicious QSOs which weren't audible on any
SDR recording available to the committee. He was unable/unwilling to
provide the recording as called for in the rules, and was dealt with
as the rules provide.
2. (My conclusion) Taking this into account along with recent history,
we probably shouldn't believe anything he writes.

Peter G4MJS

On 4 February 2018 at 15:11, Maarten van R <pd2r.maarten at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for your reaction Doug. Your final remark is particularly true.
> 73, Maarten PD2R
> Op zo 4 feb. 2018 om 14:11 schreef DOUGLAS ZWIEBEL <kr2q at optimum.net>
>> It is not the practice of the CQWW Contest Committee to respond publicly
>> to comments about individual entries.
>>   After discussion within the committee, the following short memo was
>> deemed appropriate.
>> 1.      As with all requests for an audio file, this log contained a number
>> of unusual events and QSOs.
>> 2.      Using our globally placed SDR network (which copied MM3AWD
>> perfectly
>> well) we did not hear
>> those QSOs take place, so he was asked for a recording.
>> 3. A recording was not provided, so the Contest Committee took the
>> action of exercising Rule XII (C),
>> which states: "If no recording is made available, the Committee may
>> reclassify to an appropriate category,
>> reclassify to Administrative Check Log, or disqualify the entry."
>> http://cqww.com/rules.htm
>> 4.      Of the three options available, Administrative Check Log was deemed
>> the most appropriate.
>> We don't ask everybody in the "top 5" for a recording.  We need
>> something suspicious or curious.
>> Please see the July 23, 2017 BLOG, item #4:
>> http://cqww.com/blog/2017-cqww-rules-update-announcement/
>> Here is an excerpt from the blog:
>> [Editorial comment: It is important to note a few things about the
>> “recording” rule.  First, 2016 was not the
>> first year for this rule.  Second, the committee does not and will not
>> request a recording simply because
>> an entrant is in the top 5.  The committee will request a recording when
>> something suspicious or curious
>> in the log is identified by the committee.  This can be a statistical
>> flag or something identified after human
>> review.  The committee does not request a recording in an attempt to “go
>> fishing” for something “out of the blue”
>> or “without reason.”  If you are not breaking the rules or trying to
>> stretch the rules beyond the letter and/or
>> spirit of the rules, you are probably not going to be asked for a
>> recording.]
>> It would be helpful to any discussion on CQ-Contest if the commenters
>> would be familiar with the CQWW
>> Rules before jumping to and posting irrational conclusions.
>> Doug, KR2Q
>> on behalf of the CQWW Contest Committee
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