n1as_vt wrote:I like the idea but wonder about the complexity. I also wonder about the idea that someone needs something they already know. For instance, the originating station knows the message but they have to receive it for credit. That is a lot of receiving to do when you already know what the message is and seems a bit pointless.
I think the only way to know for sure if this would work is to give it a try.
- Keith N1AS -
It's true the 'messages' are pretty much just tokens; an excuse for sending something.
(Compare to '599' in a typical contest. At least with a 'message' there is a little more keying involved. That's good, right?)
Please note, the messages are
unknown to contestants at the start (save for the single email-received msg to originators); and they are
fresh until you've copied each one (in this case, ten of them). After that point you don't 'need'
any message; but you are just letting the other guy fulfill his transmission requirement. (Remember, you have to copy the messages but must also retransmit each one at least once).
The Originator Message
is a special case. The originator op, having initially received it by email, is also required to receive it over the air at some point; otherwise he would have a competitive advantage over others who are not originators.
In either case, it is a bit like having to copy name, QTH and SKCC nr again from someone who you've just worked on other bands. A bit pointless, yes. With the un-needed
messages however, they do at least fulfil a sending requirement by the transmitting op, so do serve some purpose; if not for you, then the guy who is sending it. Your reward for copying an un-needed message is a higher total traffic score.
As for the complexity, it was necessary in order to avoid absurd situations; i won't go into here. But if you have specific complaints, i'll state the reason for the rule (or possibly discover that a rule really isn't needed... great!)
I don't know if it is 'too complicated'. That is a relative thing. It's more complicated than the usual contests which are, well, 'usual'. But I'm pretty sure that anybody who has the wherewithal to monitor these posts, who can operate a hf radio and has managed to learn the Morse code well enough to communicate with it..., well, they are probably capable of dealing with any complication one would care to dream up for a contest.
The question is, is it too complicated to bother with? It might be. It is certainly easier to stick with what works, especially for folks who may only have a few hours a week to spare for ham radio in the first place. But I throw it out there in case people get bored and want to try something different.