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Recently the RDXC committee reclassified P3F to high power from low power without publicly providing strong evidence that any infraction had occurred. They concluded was that the contestant was running HP on 80/40m but not full-time, just 10 minutes here and there without any convincing evidence. It appears they used the RBN as their source of information. Should the RXDC contest have to publicly provide convincing evidence before reclassifying a station from LP to HP?

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Randy, K5ZD, wrote a sidebar titled " Convergence and Change" in the 2015 CQWW CW printed results in CQ magazine. He wrote that the "convergence of personal computers, Internet access, DX clusters, and CW Skimmer have changed the nature of CW contesting". He goes to say that it is "more difficult to police the line between the single operator working alone and those who are using the assistance of DX spotting." In light of this convergence and change is it time to recombine SO and SOA into a single category?

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DX clusters and Skimmer have increased the fun of amateur radio contesting.
  Posted: Jul 18, 2010   (257 votes, 8 comments) by VE5ZX

  Strongly agree
  Not sure
  Strongly disagree
  Don't care
  Don't know
    (257 votes, 8 comments)
Survey Results
Strongly agree 15% (39)
Agree 30% (77)
Not sure 14% (37)
Disagree 12% (32)
Strongly disagree 22% (57)
Don't care 3% (7)
Don't know 3% (8)

Survey Comments
Those who can't handle the extra pile up from a packet spot retire....those with pile up management skills look forward to it.

Posted by N4GG on December 19, 2010

Fuddy Duddies
Clusters and Skimmers are just a tool. Nothing more. Not using them would be similar to not wanting to use a radio with transistors. "Why change a good thing. Besides, the tube's glow looks pretty at night."


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Posted by W0AVE on August 29, 2010

I disagree with Boyan these things are not the same as using other gadgets because they affect the fun of others. The effect of sudden uncontrollable piles is no fun from the Dx end even outside contests.

Posted by vk7gn on August 12, 2010

Contesting was fun before this stuff and is still fun with or without it.

Posted by VE6CNU on July 27, 2010

Skimmers and Clusters are the same technical stuff like computers, logging s/w, beams, modern radios etc. If someone doesn't like them, let he don't use them. Contacts are made by people, not by gadgets.

73, Boyan LZ2BE

Posted by LZ2BE on July 27, 2010

You got it spot on Gary. I agree 100%. Let those with limited skill use skim and clusters.73. Michael G1WFK

Posted by G1WFK on July 26, 2010

As is often the case, the real importance is often in the way the question is asked, not necessarily answered. DX clusters and skimmer are very different and may have different answers to the question of more fun. By combining them the answers loose alot of significance.

Posted by k2xa on July 24, 2010

Those than can, swim. Those that can't, skim.

73, Gary NL7Y

Posted by NL7Y on July 21, 2010

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