[Skimmertalk] Now what - other contesting uses for Skimmer?
xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Wed Jul 16 20:56:35 EDT 2008
> Radiosport contesting is just a bunch of hobbyists amusing themselves with
> a radio for the weekend.
I'm with you all the way there. I usually participate (or compete) ...
in anything ... as hard as I can, but I'm always amazed at how seriously
hams take some of this stuff. That's their right, though, and I'd bet
most of them would prefer to have a good mechanism for enforcing the
rules in the face of the clear abuse that keeps happening in radiosport.
> If it's degraded to the point that ARRL (or
> whoever) should spend $Ten-of-thousands on "a network of Skimmers to
> monitor bands during major contests and provide an iron-clad basis for
> resolving at least some allegations of cheating" then it's time to turn the
> whole damn thing over to the CBers.
Contest sponsors wouldn't need to spend "tens-of-thousands of dollars"
to accomplish what Pete projected. All it would take is a network of
certified volunteers armed with $20 Softrocks and recording software to
do the recording, and the processing could be done centrally
post-contest with a single computer in a matter of days or weeks (with
the right software). That's no different than the current network of
certified log checkers that collectively devote thousands of man-hours
and take months to publish results. If the sponsors and the contesting
community were willing to simply trust the logs as submitted by the
participants, we'd have results in a month instead of a year. We don't,
so obviously they don't. Think of Pete's suggestion as an efficiency
improvement of the review process.
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