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Mon Jun 30 07:00:35 EDT 2008
Dave AB7E wrote:
"...I'm still hoping like hell that the contests sponsors jettison the term "assisted" and come up
with category definitions that are less ambiguous and still provide an arena for everyone to
participate segregated only by their choice of weapons..."
Absolutely! But, please define "weapon".
What should be the delineators that separate categories?
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To: Joe Subich, W4TV; skimmertalk at contesting.com
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So ... hypothetically I could have a piece of software that decodes a
wide swath of frequency spectrum, analyzes and prioritizes the callsigns
it finds by real time need or point value, decides which stations to
call, changes the rig to that frequency, calls the other station and
decodes the report if it answers, sends my report, and logs the
contact. To skirt the issue of fully robotic stations, let's say that
the program prompts me to hit the <enter> key before each contact and
maybe gives me the option to override the choice. By your definition,
that scenario would not constitute "assistance", even though I don't
need to know CW, I don't need to know how to use my rig, I don't need to
hear any audio ... I don't even need to know which station I'm calling
until it shows up in the log. All I need to be able to do is load the
software I bought.
It doesn't matter a bit whether the technology to do all that with an
acceptably low error rate exists yet ... the point is that it would pass
your interpretation of the category definitions. Sounds like quite a
stretch to me.
I'm still hoping like hell that the contests sponsors jettison the term
"assisted" and come up with category definitions that are less ambiguous
and still provide an arena for everyone to participate segregated only
by their choice of weapons.
Joe Subich, W4TV wrote:
> Technology/hardware/software is not a assistance. How the
> technology is used is a decision for the operator whether is
> be additional receivers, CW decoders, logging software or
> memory keyers.
> The ONLY "assistance" is participation by or input from ANOTHER
> operator. Any deviation from that principle is a red herring.
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