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CQ WW WPX SSB Contest 2010 Results

Official results of the CQ WPX Contest were announced in the Contest web-site.

Along with congratulating all winners, I'd like to draw your attention at numerous yellow cards issued by Randy K5ZD.

At first, I did not want to write something on the subject, but hue and cry that Randy arranged punishment after WRTC 2010, or that Randy eliminates Eastern Europe rivals changed my mind to write this note.

Here is the list of YC issued (in other words, DQ'ed) contesters: 9A5Y (9A3LG), CT2IOV, EM0X (UT2XQ) , HA8BE, IT9RBW, RL4R, RU3SD, RV3RM, RW9USA, SP4DZT, SP4TKR, SP5XVY, UT3L (UR5LO ) - with wording 'unclaimed assistance'; HG5A (HA1CW) - with wording 'withdrawn log'.
Looks like everything is clear, but the wording of the group is muddy.

What is 'unclaimed assistance'?

It would be easier to formulate this 'for use cluster', but see Contest Rules extract below:

"XIII. Rule Violations: Violation of amateur radio regulations or the rules of the contest; unsportsmanlike conduct; taking credit for excessive unverifiable QSOs or multipliers; use of any non-amateur means of communication to SOLICIT, ARRANGE, or CONFIRM any contacts during or after the contest will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification.

"ANY use by an entrant of any non-amateur means including, but not limited to, telephones, email, Internet, Instant Messenger, chat rooms, VoIP, or the use of DX cluster to SOLICIT, ARRANGE, or CONFIRM any contacts during the contest is unsportsmanlike and the entry is subject to disqualification.

"An entrant whose log is deemed by the Contest Committee to contain rule violations may be issued a Yellow or Red card depending on the seriousness of the infraction. If the entry is in a multi-operator category, all listed operators are so affected.

"YELLOW card: Any entrant or operator issued a yellow card is not eligible for an award and will be listed at the end of the published results.

"RED card: Any entrant or operator issued a red card is not eligible for an award, will be listed at the end of the published results, and will be ineligible for any CQ-sponsored contest award for a period of one year beginning with the publication of the violation in CQ magazine.

There is no 'unclaimed assistance' there.

In my general opinion, a major task of referee (as you can see at http://www.cqwpx.com/contact.htm, it's Randy K5ZD who is 'dancing and singing' as he wants), is observance of rules of the Contest.

Discrepancies appear exactly in this point, as Randy judge it as he wants, but not ex aequo et bono.

You can see examples of this in the article:
http://dxnews.com/new_year_2010_cqwwdx_contest_committee/

Besides that, there are other examples of double standards policy, and they cause discussions both behind the scenes, and in reflectors.

73 Al 4L5A

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Alexey
  • Callsign: RV9UP
  • 2011-02-03 06:41:40
<p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>The funny thing is this:&quot; You would be surprised how many stations do not know the rules. I hope you can understand why we have to confirm. 73 Randy, K5ZD &quot; </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Sounds very funny. I'm surprised very much too. Does Randy know the WPX-2010 rules? </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>I would ask him this. But I see no sense. <br /> Indeed, &quot;All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.&quot; (c)G.Orwell.&nbsp; <br /> </font></p>
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Boris
  • Callsign: RW9USA
  • 2011-02-03 06:40:22
<font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>There were letters. There were replies... I'm sorry for them. They are lost in clouds. I conceive this decision as 'revenge' for bygones. The next time all QSOs will be done 'in CQ'. This 'style' can not be used in the CQ WW, but for the CQ WPX, being single band, without SO2R..... I&rsquo;ll be fine without 2-3% of QSO and mults. Thanks God, participation in WRTC was never and is not of my concern at all.</font>
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Dima
  • Callsign: LY3MM - EI3JZ
  • 2011-02-03 06:39:31
<p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Here is my correspondence with Randy:</font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>&quot;Dear OM, Thank you for entering the 2010 CQ WPX SSB Contest. We hope you enjoyed the contest. We are writing to confirm your entry category as single operator without any DX spotting assistance. Our software indicated that you may be in the Assisted category. We are aware that some contesters may not understand what assisted means. Here is a brief definition. You are in the Assisted category, if you use ANY QSO spotting and/or assistance system of any kind either via the Internet or internally via Skimmers. Here are a few examples. If you used the DX cluster, DX Summit, any spotting net (VHF/HF), VoIP, SMS / Cell phones, land-line calls, or &quot;a friend&rdquo;, you are in the Assisted category. Please answer the following question. Did you have any help finding any QSO in your log? ____ No, I did not have help finding/spotting any QSO in my log = Single operator ____ Yes, I did have help finding/spotting some QSOs in my log = Assisted category. If we have your category wrong, and it should be Assisted, just let us know, and we will place your entry in the Assisted category for the final results. If we have your category correct as Single op no assistance, please confirm this as being true. Thank you for your reply Dan. You would be surprised how many stations do not know the rules. I hope you can understand why we have to confirm. 73 Randy, K5ZD </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>&quot;From: Dan LY3MM Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 3:00 PM <br /> To: k5zd@charter.net <br /> Cc: k5zd@cqwpx.com <br /> Subject: EI7M WPX SSB 2010 Entry Confirmation </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Dear CC, I would like to confirm my entry in CQ WPX SSB 2010 was: Single OP 80 meters Unassisted. During my operation from EI7M station I did not have ANY help finding/spotting ANY QSO in my log. I clearly understand rules of the CQ WPX Contest (including difference between Assisted and Unassisted category). When I submit my log I thing I declare also article XIV of CQ WPX Contest Rules by default. Kind Regards and 73! Dan EI3JZ/LY3MM </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>&quot;Thank you for your reply Dan. You would be surprised how many stations do not know the rules. I hope you can understand why we have to confirm. <br /> 73 Randy, K5ZD &quot;</font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Is this difficult to write down a pair of lines? Well, then now, as the saying is, &quot;... Nineteen, twenty, my plate's empty&quot;. As for the rest, I agree with Willy UA9BA. </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>73!&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp; </font></p>
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Dmitri
  • Callsign: UA2FB
  • 2011-02-03 06:38:01
<font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Most probable, they had a software with some algorithm. For example, comparison of log data with cluster data, etc. For certain, the program itself 'generated' these 'chain letters'. The reply to the letter should be just about this: Oh, yes, I'm sorry, I was Assisted, but I forgot to state this in the log... I repent... please forgive, and move me to the 'correct' entry.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</font>
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Alexey
  • Callsign: RV9UP
  • 2011-02-03 06:36:26
<p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Igor,</font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>There are no 'yellow card' penalties in WPX-2010 Rules. Yes, it's possible to DQ. It's possibly to move to another entry. But THERE IS NO 'yellow card' term. Perhaps, the Rules were changed AFTER the Contest. Let's guess, these YC's were issued without review of 'fair' or 'unfair'. Consequently, if everything was done without fear of favor, where is the self-praised transparency? Why the YC logs were not published? OK, there were requests.&nbsp; A good friend of mine confirmed his entry. He had 95% RUN and 5% S&amp;P. These S&amp;P were not mults. But Randy THOUGHT (guessed) they were 'assisted'. &quot;Guessed' only, - he is unable to prove it with objective evidence. He does not want anyone else to inspect these logs. It may happen that another inspector will not guess this, and will be able to prove that WPXCC took illegitimate, unbalanced decision? I have possibility to access this log, and if my memory doesn&rsquo;t play me false, there must be audio of that disputable WPX, and I'm sure I'll be easily able to prove the wrong to Randy. But they do not need it. They judge by 'ex aequo et bono', and their 'fairness' is more fair for a few, located in particular area of the globe.&nbsp; </font></p>
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Igor
  • Callsign: RG3K
  • 2011-02-03 06:35:40
<font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Two months before announcement of the results, UA3DPX and I, and perhaps all 'YC owners', received Randy's letter to confirm our Entry. Perhaps our Russian people were not able to understand it, or just got afraid. The result of this letter is rich yellow fire of YC's; and possibly there is no point to accuse our contesters for that.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; </font>
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Alexey
  • Callsign: RV9UP
  • 2011-02-03 06:34:51
<font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Randy issued the things not really existing. There are no YC in the WPX-2010 Rules at all. Did Randy accidentally forget, absentmindedly forget that WPX Rules and CQWW Rules are different rules? What is the reason why all 13 YC logs are not published at http://www.cqwpx.com/publiclogs/2010ph ? Was this accident or absent-mindedness? What is the reason he did this? I have no other logics but it was done to ensure the win of the WRTC-2014 host team.<br /> &nbsp; </font>
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Willy
  • Callsign: UA9BA
  • 2011-02-03 06:33:50
<p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Al, </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>In the CQWW (WPX) referee proceedings circles, the wording 'unclaimed assistance' is interpreted as concealed use of alerting DX networks, or automatic decoding devices such as skimmers (do not confuse this with other persons' assistance in establishing contacts at the station, that, in case of proved evidence shall be implicitly resulted in DQ of the violator contester). Therefore, I dare guess that among YC issued are those whom Randy suspects in heavy sin of concealed use of clusters. One will not be able to establish such cluster use to the satisfaction of any court, besides Russian court!!! Therefore Randy risks his health and, for all that, is trying to give the note to the violators that they are under the microscope! </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>Previously (CQ WPX CW 2008), based on EF8M log and his correspondents' logs, and audio records, and alerting DX networks analysis, Randy suspected V. Komarov (RD3AF) in unsportsmanlike operation from Canary Islands. The decision was prepared to move EF8M into M/S entry, but in the last moment, Randy showed the white feather and appointed V. Komarov the World's Champion. In fact, this was one of the major points where my disagreements with the key members of the CQWWCC rose. These disagreements were not eliminated, and this was the reason of my withdrawal from the CQWW CC. They - the members of the CQWW (WPX) CC, - with their failure to act against clear violators, brought the situation to the critical degree, - when the tops of the CQWW Contest had started to be filled by outright rogues. Now they are trying to cosmeticize something with infant half-measures. It's too late they changed their minds! If you have really changed your minds, then act vigorously and unconditionally! </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>There are many honorable high-class ham radio operators in the world, including Russia. It is particularly offensive that they are not them who take the first places in the most prestigious contests, but those who are more impudent and more rich. </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>In terms of the above said, Randy's actions 'bring grist' not to the 'mill' of fair and unconcerned refereeing. However, I consider Randy to be very faithful person, devoted to our beloved hobby. I hope he has not too much time to understand the complete picture. I'm sure, Randy has got enough resolution and will to make our sport more honest! </font></p> <p><font face=&quot;Tahoma&quot;>73's &amp; GL, Willy UA9BA&nbsp; </font></p>

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