[CQ-Contest] Excessive Bandwidth

Paul O'Kane pokane at ei5di.com
Sat Jun 6 18:18:13 EDT 2020

For as long as contest sponsors refuse to define "excessive bandwidth", 
they give themselves plenty of wriggle room (the do-nothing option) when 
presented with reports of key clicks or splatter.

I confirmed this for myself five years ago - and it seems that nothing 
has changed in the meantime.


We need to call out offenders in real-time - while they're still on the 
air, and when anyone interested can listen for themselves. It seems to 
me that a good option might be to spot them with a suitable comment - 
for example "severe clicks".  This gives a permanent, searchable record 
of the allegations - to be  compared with whatever associated wideband 
recordings some sponsors claim to have.   I suggest there is no good 
reason, these days, for recordings not to have sufficient resolution for 
this purpose.

Paul EI5DI

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