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In the Golden Years of competing in the major DX contests: CQWW , ARRL DX , CQ WPX, to win the world as Single Operator/ All Bands, was considered by many to be "the" pinnacle of success.
More than a few of us, motivated to 'try just one more time', left family and friends at home, lugged more than a few pieces of overweight luggage to some remote island or far-off land, and pretended the
cooked goose we were eating was almost as good as Thanksgiving Turkey back home.
48 hours of pain and effort; all for fun and No. 1, World.
And, for me, my competition was simply The Best SO/AB DX Contest Operators in the World
(I cannot begin to name them all, but those who gave me the hardest time): K0DQ , W2GD , CT1BOH , OH2MM AI6V , OH2BH , N6AA , N6KT , KH6IJ , K6NA , N5KO , N6TR , N5TJ , 4L5A , KH6ND, W2SC, well you get the picture................

Many decades later, I'm still trekking to Hawaii, or some Caribbean Island, or back to Ascension Island, or somewhere "fun".

But for me, SO/AB, and my dozen World High's in SO/AB, are in the Ancient History column.
Today, I simply refuse to give today's egregious cheaters one scintilla of satisfaction.

I believe that SO/AB has been essentially ruined by (1) a couple of clowns - seemingly joined at the hip, or ?? who are ALWAYS at the same station, together, one supposedly SO/AB, while the other applies the cold compresses,
or mixes the vodka and iced tea? or?? and (2) the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil", CQ WW and CQ WPX Contest Directors who seem to possess the deer in the headlights' symptom rather than proffering solutions to this rampant cheating that seemingly the entire rest of the world, that's awake or cares, that is, knows about - but not they.............

Where's the "proof", many ask?
Some like Tonno ES5TV did (read NS3T's
One year Chief Clown is DQed (you have to get your magnifying glass out to read the fine print). The next year, we're all to believe that he's the Elmer Gantry of 2011, has found repentance, and is suddenly legal and No. 1? C'mon out, I have some prime California Real Estate to sell you.........

I thought the recent CQ WPX CW 3830 posting of EF8M (RD3A - single operator, natch), especially poignant (or nauseating, your call) when he actually congratulated himself for his new world record !!
And I remember so vividly in 1970, anxious to know if I had won the 1969 CQ WW SSB and CW contests - I
had to wait at least six months for a phone call to W1WY, before I could 'congratulate' myself.
Ah, these wondrous days of social media and instant gratification.

Meanwhile, as I understand from my (usually) reliable sources- in Russia: the CQ WW and WPX contests have pretty much become the laughing- stock of the continent, as the cheaters congratulate themselves on their grand achievements
And our leadership keeps on a-leading..................

Reminds me of the Judy Collins song, with its final words: "Send in the Clowns, Don't Bother They're Here"


Jim Neiger N6TJ

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Rating: 5 of 5
Don Lewis
  • Callsign: KW4UP
  • 2017-05-02 11:50:31
In today's world of inexpensive megapixel video cameras it would seem only fair to impose continuous remote video recording of the top operators and their environment. Remote video to authoritative departments that can provide volunteers to monitor against violations. It's really tough to cheat on video when continuous stream multi-camera and remote destination recording are involved. Not impossible granted but extremely difficult
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Tino Pavic
  • Callsign: VK3EGN
  • 2014-03-14 02:33:28
I dislike Jim's comment about EF8M, who has great CW skills. EF8M was barely audible on 160M, and I worked him on the first call. Distance was close to antipodes and CW speed 32 WPM. I do not remeber working Jim ever, perhaps we made 100 non remarkable QSOs with each other. EF8M I do remeber well. Difference between me and Jim : I do respect CW skills toher have.
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Daniel Danny Horvat
  • Callsign: E73M
  • 2011-08-29 17:05:53
I agree with Jim everything but praising Tonno, ES5TV as one who exposes cheaters and being moral vertical for the rest of us. Just to be clear, I do not have anything personal against Tonno ES5TV, I have exchanged only one e-mail with him asking about his power in contest and received statement that his ACOM 2000 sometimes goes up to 2kw. To me he is a liar and cheater. I refuse to be judged by him as member of contest committee. Proof in pictures is here: If you have trouble counting big amplifiers in his shack I will help you, there were at least two DX4, three OM3500, Two LV6 (Russian military surplus) and ONE!!! ACOM 2000. How many 1500 Watts he actually uses per antenna?