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Recently the RDXC committee
reclassified P3F to
power from low power without
providing strong evidence
infraction had occurred.
concluded was that the
running HP on 80/40m but
not full-time, just 10
and there without any
evidence. It appears they
used the RBN as their source
of information. Should the
to publicly provide
station from LP to HP?
Randy, K5ZD, wrote a sidebar
Convergence and Change" in
CQWW CW printed results in
magazine. He wrote that the
"convergence of personal
DX clusters, and CW Skimmer
changed the nature of
CW contesting". He goes to
say that it
is "more difficult to police
single operator working
those who are using the
assistance of DX spotting."
In light of this convergence
change is it time to
recombine SO and
SOA into a single category?
What's your primary Software
for HF Contests ? ( no VHF/UHF
Are you ready the this year's
What ways have you found to
to attract newcomers to our
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The IARU HF Championship rules say "4.1.3. Use of spotting nets, packet, or multi-channel decoders (such as CW Skimmer) is not permitted. Single-operator stations that use spotting nets, packet or multi-channel decoders will be reclassified to the Multi-operator, Single Transmitter category" Do you think the IARU should have a Single Operator Assisted or Single Operator Unlimited category like the ARRL DX contest?
Posted: Jul 16, 2012
(153 votes, 8 comments)
UNIQUE Single Op
I hope ALL contests with a UNIQUE Single-
Operator category. Today, IMO, both actual
criteria for Single-Op and Single-Op Assisted
are anachronistic and results are affected by a
lot of "dark" logs. I'd like the two categories
merged into a more realistic unique SINGLE-OP
on August 30, 2012
Reality is: separating categories using a criteria that cannot be fully proved, makes room for cheaters to cheat, as it has been the case since the inception of the assisted categories. Think right: do like WAE contest organizers. Packet is allowed for all categories. If you use it or not it is just a matter of your likes and dislikes. But no one will be cheating over other fellow contesters. Someone using packet is not an internet contester. It is just a contester using a tool that presents information. We could have used the same way of thinking when computer logging was introduced, saying that those who used it were not real contesters, but computer contesters, taking advantage of auto duping, super check partial features, automatic cw sending and all the stuff the logging software does for the op. Logging software represents a whole lot bigger assistance than packet itself.
on August 18, 2012
Radio skills NOT Internet asistance...
As yet I am NOT active re contesting but am planning on taking part using CW + RADIO skills as a FUN way of enjoying the hobby and developing my capabilities as an operator after being inactive for a long time. If aids (categories) such as the survey questions introduced, then (in my opinion) the game changes for the worse and maybe one I will not want to play...
on August 13, 2012
I voted no, personally I'd vote for no spotting of any sort in any contest. These are supposed to be RADIO competitions, not PC/Internet competitions.
Further more I think SO2R operations should be placed in the mulit-transmitter class in all competitions.
One transmitter, one operator, no assistance, anything more should be in some other class.
on July 28, 2012
Use of Skimmer or RBN could definitely put up the rate of SO stations. Higher rate makes more fun.
73 Slaw SP2LNW
on July 25, 2012
I wonder how many people used assistance and
simply didn't report it because there was no
suitable category for it. No single op wants
to compete with Multi stations just because
he checked cluster spots. There may be many
reasons for cluster use, for example to find
DX contacts for diplomas during the contest.
I used it to help learn SO2R. I would leave
unassisted HP category where the top SO's
usually compete and allow the rest to use a
cluster or skimmer with no penalty.
on July 18, 2012
keep it as it is
Voted “No”. Hopefully this keep more Single Op participants from using a DX cluster. Really see no fun in cluster stimulated pile-ups in contests like CQWW DX. IMO, time to get a DX contest where no cluster will be allowed at all.
on July 17, 2012
assisted in IARU
Heard from several that their time was limited, so they would get on to just "hand out a few" and hopefully snag a couple of needed DX. If they use the cluster, they will be classified as Multi-single, and the sponsor will probably never see their logs. Since more logs = better checking, let them have a category, just don't group ALL single ops (assisted and UN-assisted) in the same category.
on July 17, 2012
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