[ct-user] Multi-multi serial numbers... (fwd)
Fri, 2 Oct 1998 19:26:04 -0700 (PDT)
> > 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.
Nope - there are circumstances when the QSO will fall apart after
you have given out a number, and it needs to be reused.
> 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.
I don't know of any contest where you can't give separate QSO numbers
> 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!
This is a really hard thing. If it was easy - it would be done. Even
if it is done - it probably won't be bulletproof - at least not for a
number of years - regardless of who does it.
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