[ct-user] Multi-multi serial numbers...

Mel Martin Mel Martin <mel@interlink.net>
Fri, 02 Oct 1998 14:13:19 -0400

It's not a question of "fast enough" or "robust enough". It's a question
of logic... exactly when do you assign the number... no matter when you
decide to do it, there is always situations where someone takes the next
number and posts it out of sequence. 

Jim Pratt wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Oct 1998, Mel Martin wrote:
> >
> > Assigning serial numbers "sequencially" is actually impossible in a
> > multi-multi. Any real solution will lead to out of sequence numbers being
> Given a fast enough and robust enough network, there is no reason why
> sequential numbers couldn't be assigned given the proper coding.
> > be much easier to program. Cam anyone give one good reason why the serial
> > numbers have to be unique?
> Contest rules.  But most contests with serial numbers that I operate
> already have this handled.  In CQ WPX, you give different numbers on each
> band.  In SS, there IS no multi-multi.  Actually, I think that others in
> the CQP use different numbers per band, but things would get screwed up
> in a networked configuration.
> The REAL problem is in multi-single situations.  WPX, SS, CQP, all
> require sequential numbers, even though there may be different
> computers.  Since the software people don't seem to want to fix this,
> maybe a rules change IS in order.  But I have HIGH HOPES that, since CT
> will have to be "fixed" for the 1999 WPX (with the new point structure)
> maybe it will also be "fixed" for serial number issues.  And, even if you
> change the rules for multi-single (or single op with two computers as I
> utilize), the software STILL won't handle it properly!
> 73, Jim  N6IG


Mel Martin

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