[VHFcontesting] Sports vs. Radiosports
w2ev at arrl.net
Tue Sep 7 07:07:55 EDT 2004
Having engendered some very thought provoking responses (and keep 'em coming!),
my mind wandered to a new Radiosporting structure...
Suppose the system allowed for two types of non-paper entries (paper entries
could still be allowed, but handled differently), I-logging and e-Submittal.
I-logging is online, real time logging with users connecting to a web-server
that does all the work (like that gaming system that Roger mentioned earlier).
e-Submittal is nothing different than what we do now...log locally and submit
electronically -- but with compressed timelines to support more immediate
publication of results, while allowing enough time for authorities to properly
I-logging speaks for itself. It has the potential of infusing new excitement
into the Radiosport. Kenneth mentioned several well stated items that would
need to be considered taking this approach. Forming a small committee of
Amateur radio young 'uns who also on-line game to provide input as to how
on-line game sites deal with these issues would be in order.
By logging-in and answering some enhanced "Cabrillo-like" questions about the
operation, enough data can be collected so as to allow one to setup their own
operating class and be kept up to date on one's performance relative to it
throughout the contest! For instance, wouldn't it be interesting to you, to
have real-time charts presented to your station that showed your standing
against other stations in your region (or not) whose operator experience, power
level and antenna gain was similar to yours? Rookies could "compete" against
other rookies (how's THAT for removing the negative motivation of submitting a
low score!). There are many variations possible on this theme.
THIS could very well be the killer application that Radiosporting has been
waiting for. It is to Radiosporters what Internet-linked repeaters is to
Let's keep the thread alive for a while. I'm interested in learning what is
"cool" to you about the idea...as well as other caveats to consider if such a
system were to be developed.
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