[CQ-Contest] CQWW SSB 2017 Effective DQ

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mymts.net
Sun Jan 28 22:40:35 EST 2018

Hi Rich,

Moreover to your point: an audio recording is not going to distinguish between an operator tuning the bands unassisted, and one who is tuning the bands but knows when to stop (or not stop, at times, to complete the effect).

73, kelly, ve4xt 

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> On Jan 28, 2018, at 16:08, Richard Ferch <ve3iay at gmail.com> wrote:
> N1UR wrote:
>> Sure they don't ask everyone in the top 5 for a recording, but I assume if
>> Scott had one, it would have clarified whatever the concern was.
> Not necessarily.
> Presumably they are checking for assisted vs. non-assisted, since audio
> recordings are only required in non-assisted entry classes.
> But just how would a recording tell them whether you were assisted? Because
> you jumped directly from one S&P QSO to the next without tuning through
> intervening frequencies? At one time, maybe that would have been an
> indication, but not with current technology. With a current Icom or Flex
> radio, or with any other radio plus a cheap SDR and some free or
> inexpensive software, you can now configure N1MM Logger+ to display a
> spectrum/waterfall window that is integrated with the logger, so you can
> click on traces in the waterfall and jump directly from one signal to the
> next. You can do an entire contest S&P without ever turning the tuning
> knob, and without using any assistance as defined in CQ WW rule VIII.2 (the
> spectrum display software does not decode CW, it just displays signal
> traces, the same as the display on the front panel of many current radios,
> or on an external panadapter like a P3).
> As far as an audio recording is concerned, someone clicking on spectrum or
> waterfall traces to jump between signals would sound exactly the same as
> someone clicking on cluster spots. An audio recording would not be able to
> discriminate between the two.
> 73,
> Rich VE3KI
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