Re: ARRL v Robot
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
I would simply like to see non-ear/mouth or finger modes evaluated separately. With a minimal amount of AI/ML, all advanced digital modes could be "humanized" enough to meet whatever detection criteria are imposed on automation. Building a solid station at whatever level of trchnology is a personal endeavor. I seek only to improve on what I have done previously. Please note that I've met the requirements for WAS, WAC, VUCC and maybe DXCC, but never did the card collecting, logging, etc. so I haven't earned them. It's never been a priority. Even during my most active VHF+ contesting periods hilltopping from FN30 on the Palisades in New Jersey, I was more likely to not bother submitting a log. Still don't bother as LoTW and even a detailed station log is not a priority. WSJT-X has all my FT-8/4 contacts, but I've never looked through them.
Perhaps I should? Any constructive thoughts are welcome!
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
From: ARRL-Awards@... <ARRL-Awards@...> on behalf of Gary Hinson <Gary@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 9:15:06 PM
To: ARRL-Awards@... <ARRL-Awards@...>
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Awards] ARRL v Robot
I think automation does matter for DXCC because:
* Ria, not uploading decodes to PSKreporter simply requires a user config setting, disconnection from the Internet etc. Sneaky stealth-mode digisoftware could fake the version info sent too. However, that may be one of several indicators that a given station is robotic. Other indicators include:
I guess we could extend this list and start policing it, making it tougher, if not impossible, for cheaters to get away with it.
Maybe also it’s worth considering other approaches besides compliance testing and enforcement actions, such as promoting ethics and encouraging hams to play by the rules. “It’s boring” is another aspect: most of us enter and remain in the hobby for fun and enjoyment. There’s not much fun in watching the computer rack up QSOs, even less in merely checking the log every so often to see what the robot has worked. So, perhaps QSO automation is self-limiting – and, taking a leaf out of the contesters’ book, it might be worth introducing separate DXCC categories or awards for those who choose to automate.
From: ARRL-Awards@... <ARRL-Awards@...>
On Behalf Of W0MU
Not a hack in any way shape or form. That would be saying JTDX is a hack which it is not. It adds or added features not found in the original program. Full Automation is not one of them. JTDX allows you to
ignore your country when calling CQ DX, allows you to ignore dupes and many other things.
On 9/29/2021 3:34 PM, K8TS wrote: