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

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mymts.net
Sun Feb 4 23:42:05 EST 2018

Doug’s message is great.

I think if anything, the lesson here is the value of transparency. Announcing DQs (or administrative check logs) but trying to keep the reasons private just raises suspicion.

Suggesting, as CQ did, the only reason for the reclassification was the failure to provide a recording — and not how suspicious log entries could not be corroborated with SDR evidence — means the scolding at the end of Doug’s message is a bit misplaced. Surely we all have enough life experience our BS detectors go off full steam ahead when someone, anyone, suggests “just trust us…” The fact other committee members have, at times, been a bit condescending when similar issues were raised certainly didn’t help.

But I give Doug credit for a good explanation all the same. This wouldn’t have blown up like this had the committee got out in front of it instead.

73, kelly, ve4xt,

> On Feb 4, 2018, at 4:22 PM, Ria Jairam <rjairam at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Doug,
> Kudos for transparency. A little bit goes a long way. Seems a lot of
> us were unaware of the actual reason for recording. Seems like the
> recording is a 2nd chance for the operator to redeem themselves, after
> SDR recordings come up empty. This to me is a very reasonable
> position.
> 73
> Ria, N2RJ
> On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 6:27 AM, DOUGLAS ZWIEBEL <kr2q at optimum.net> wrote:
>> 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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