[CQ-Contest] What's your Opinion on 2BSIQ ?

OZ1BII Henning mail at oz1bii.dk
Thu Jun 4 15:56:19 EDT 2020

I do believe that SO2R and 2BSIQ operation is a very nice skill to learn,
but I find it to stressfull for me to learn and to use. I have tried and it
didn’t go well. Maybe I will try again someday.

The advantages of using 2BSIQ (and SO2R) are big and without this technique
you do not have great chances of winning in a category.
I think the solution is not to create multiple categories but to create
OVERLAYS for the Single Operator categories.
The difference between a category and an overlay is that everyone is judged
against each other in a category while those who sign up for an overlay are
further judged based on this information.
That is, the Overlay put participants with similar equipment on the same
result list.

Categories could be:
- SO SB (160-80-40-20-15-10)
- M1
- M2
- MM
- EXPERIMENTAL (No restrictions at all)

Overlays could be:
- SO1R (Single Trcv)
- SO2V (Single Trcv with two VFO)
- SO2R (two Trcvs)
- 2BSIQ (two or more Trcvs)
- HP
- LP
- Wire only    (one single wire for all bands)
- TB/W    (A single Tribander for 10-15-20m and wires for the three lower
- NL    (No limit)

All SO-AB and SO-SB operators are compiled into their own results list.
Additional OVERLAY result lists such as:
- SO AB SO1R LP Wire

The EXPERIMENTAL category could be for those who would like to use new ways
to make contacts with the help of the Internet's possibilities with
streaming and chat etc. Only rule could be that the reports MUST be
transmitted via the HF radio. Just a thought to accommodate the development
of contests so that more people might be attracted.

 Vy 73 de OZ2I  Henning

Den tor. 4. jun. 2020 kl. 19.13 skrev <wc1m73 at gmail.com>:

> I agree with Kevin. I say this even though 2BSIQ has put a dent in my
> prospects for winning SOAB HP USA in CQ WPX CW. I've managed to stay close
> to the top with my middling station and skills since 2002, but in the last
> three years 2BSIQ has pushed the score gap into the multimillions. Yeah,
> super stations, some operated remotely, have played a part in that, but
> I've always been up against better hardware and like the challenge of
> pitting my skills against it. In addition to making it harder for me to
> win, 2BSIQ also has the potential to significantly increase the scores of
> good ops with lesser stations, which will increase the number of
> competitors with a chance to land in the top 5 or 10, leaving ops who don't
> learn 2BSIQ out in the cold. As Kevin says, 2BSIQ is a skill, and that's
> the arena in which I want to compete. So it's on me to learn it or get left
> behind.
> IMHO, any op who puts in the time and effort to get good at 2BSIQ deserves
> to reap the rewards. If we try to limit use of innovations like 2BSIQ, or
> push them into separate categories, we're hurting ourselves. Contesting
> stagnates, pandering to those who are only comfortable with the way it's
> always been. We have way too much of that attitude in ham radio as it is.
> Ops should be rewarded for finding new ways to win, for developing new
> techniques and for improving their skills.
> I expect the next controversy will come when someone develops AI code to
> make 2BSIQ easier -- i.e., the computer figures out what's going on (fill
> requests, slow CW, etc.) and helps optimize switching and responses. The
> argument against this is similar to using a local CW Skimmer -- no help
> from other ops, but you don't have to tune and listen. Most of us felt that
> was a big enough difference to push local Skimmers into the Assisted
> category, but I'm not sure that opinion will persist. As AI and personal
> assistants proliferate in every part of our lives, I suspect the next
> generation of contesters will be much more open to using computer
> assistance. That won't kill contesting. In fact, it might save contesting.
> 73, Dick WC1M
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kevin Stockton <aluminumtubing at gmail.com>
> Sent: Thursday, June 4, 2020 9:12 AM
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com; ku8e at ku8e.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] What's your Opinion on 2BSIQ ?
> Hi Jeff,
> 2BSIQ may currently be the only fair aspect of contesting.  The
> development of that skill can occur anywhere so long as the individual has
> a computer, headphones, and the necessary desire to push hard towards
> achievement of a goal.  It's not talent.  It's only a skill.  It's just
> practice.    It's time consuming. It's hard.  It's only a skill.
> Success with the development of 2BSIQ isn't determined by proximity to
> Europe, massive stacks, or operating from a 3 point location.  For those
> that sufficiently develop the skill, it opens up a world of possibilities
> to access stations from around the world.  It's the budding contesters
> golden ticket to some truly amazing experiences.
> However, you are completely right with your premise.  Operators using
> 2BSIQ and SO2R have a massive advantage over one radio operators.  The
> advent of 2BSIQ has shown the potential for amassing staggering scores.
> Using those operating strategies fit into the current single operator
> definition but like other rules in contesting they are archaic and do not
> address the current realities.
> There are other just as glaring rule problems with our sport that must be
> addressed.  Perhaps at some point, the handful of people that control
> contesting will acknowledge our current state and make a genuine effort to
> address this and other problems.
> 73,
> Kevin, N5DX
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