[wrtc2014] WRTC Category Weighting Factor

Paul O'Kane pokane at ei5di.com
Thu Aug 23 12:13:44 EDT 2012

On 23/08/2012 15:31, Martin Monsalvo, LU5DX wrote:

> This poor reasoning says that if you use a tool that presents
> information on your screen you are no longer a true single op. Freaking
> twisted way of thinking.

Nonsense, and even more nonsense!

When you use a communications utility in an
amateur radio contest, chances are you're a
hybrid communications contester - that's
why they're in a separate category.

Would you use a sail in a rowboat race and call
yourself a rower?

Would you use an engine in a sailboat race and
call yourself a sailor?

Why, then, do you use the internet in an amateur
radio contest and think you're an amateur radio
contester?  Why do you think the internet is not
permitted for WRTC competitors?

> The same could have been said when contest logging software was born:

Nonsense - computer logging software is a tool,
not a communications utility.

> Those not using a pen and paper to do the logging and "duping" and
> taking advantage of Super Check Partial, Computer CW sending, real time
> auto duping are no longer real single ops! They are just computer
> assisted single ops.

Nonsense, they are single-op amateur radio
contesters, and you want everyone to be
hybrid communications contesters.

> The use of the information presented by a dx or telnet cluster
> represents in fact a whole lot les "assistance" than computer logging
> itself.

The word "assistance" has no relevance to the
issue of whether you're an amateur radio contester
or a hybrid communications contester.  It is the
wrong word.

With the internet, everyone has the world at
their fingertips.

Paul EI5DI

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