The following article about The Contest Online Score Board was published in The Sports Page column of the September-October 2018 issue of The Canadian Amateur.
Great thanks to Alan Griffin, The TCA Editor and to Tom Haavisto, VE3CX the TCA Sports Pages columnist for all the assistance they have provided for the publication.
Click on the article image to get full pdf version:
You’ve probably noticed a new icon in the header:
It has a link to the scoreboard Mobile version. That version gives you possibility to minimize scoreboard browser window to a really small size on your Windows (or Mac or Linux) desktop:
A contester’s desktop always filled up with dozen different application windows (logger, dx cluster, propagation monitor etc.). We hope that option could replace the “Scores in a logger” feature by approximately the same size small window but providing much more services as filters, performance tools, club competition page which are impossible to run in the Scores in a logger” current release.
By the way any mobile browsers running on all types of cellphones and iPads switch to Mobile version automatically since it perfectly fits any small screen.
I was surprised how my message has been misspelled by the cqcontest owner in his Tweet:
The pre-history of that Tweet:
We did few attempts to convince the cqcontest scoring service owner to restart score exchange as we did at Nov 2017-Apr 2018 ( see details at https://contestonlinescore.com/blog/real-score-cluster-update-cqcontest-net-left-the-cluster/) .
The latest contact attempt to Dmitry, R4WW the cqcontest owner was surprisingly promising. He came up with his personal initiative to re-start score exchange between two servers. But after learning his suggested architecture we found a clear evidence to put cqcontest as a central DB hub and to avoid exchange traffic to go through the well known score distribution server.
We have declined the above mentioned offer since it wasn’t even close to our scoring exchange collaboration policy:
- Any architecture needs to include the score distributor
Another one surprise for me personally was Dmitry’s point “In his opinion, the architecture offered by Russian side is too much difficult, and he do not understand the joined schema” ))) I’ve never told that. We can afford any modern IT technology. And honestly I’m really proud for any of our team member: Alex, Bruce and Randy. They all are real IT professionals and have proved that by implementing number of well-known online projects for HAM community.
We do our best to serve contest scoreboards. We constantly improve our service quality. We are always working hard to get score exchange between all the possible scoring servers into a cluster. As a result we have developed and successfully tested score distribution architecture involving score distributor network providing equal service to any scoring server.
And finally … Yes! We are open to share scores to any existing and new scoring services if they agree to work in equal and free of scores privatize attempts friendly network. Our main requirements are following to 2 basic rules:
- Any architecture needs to include the score distributor
We are constantly working on improving of our service. After receiving feedback from our users we have implemented the following improvements to the CWOps Mini-CWT policy:
- An automated robotic script cleans up all the three CWT scoreboards every Wednesday night at 6 UTC. That removes last week results from all the scoreboards.
- We have increased up to 15 minutes after contest period when a score still be accepted. That time should be enough to get all the latest scores from participants’ loggers.
- One additional check has been added to avoid publishing scores from a previous session.
We also would like to ask you to clean up your logger score before any new CWT session. Your old session scores could cause to be a distraction to others. ))
We would be appreciated for any suggestion or feedback regarding our service. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving your comments in this weblog.
Good luck in CWT!
We have opened a new poll to get your opinion about the new feature “Scores in a logger”. The poll will be closed on Oct 31st.
We are happy to announce a new logger just started supporting of online scoring – RUMLog for macOS ( https://contestonlinescore.com/blog/documents-configuring-rumlog/ ).
This logger has a new unique feature “Score in a logger”. A basic feedback from a scoring server allows logger to publish a user category current standings:
We just started support of that new feature and we still don’t know how popular could that be. Anyway we are always opened for new ideas and we like experimenting with them. We would be very appreciated to any feedback regarding that new functionality.
Please follow to RUMLog setup instructions at https://contestonlinescore.com/blog/documents-configuring-rumlog/.
We are glad to publish next 3 CQ Magazine e-subscription winners:
Join us! The more contesters join us today a lot more fun we all would have in a future!))
We are glad to publish 3 CQ Magazine e-subscription lucky winners’ names:
G3VGZ Brian Duffell
SM4DQE Lars Dahlgren
UY7C Max Shaposhnyk
They have already received a registration link from CQ. The next 3 winners will be announced after WAEDC SSB (Sep 8-9 2018).
Join us! Online scoreboards would give a second live to our hobby! Welcome on board!
ContestOnlineScore.com, the real-time scoreboard for amateur radio contesting, is establishing a special incentive prize program to encourage the use of ContestOnlineScore.com and cross-board Score Distribution server during international contests. We are currently announcing six 1-year electronic subscriptions to CQ Amateur Radio Magazine: three for the WAEDC CW Contest August 11-12, 2018 and three for the WAEDC SSB Contest September 8-9, 2018.
The winners will be drawn within one week after each contest. Unclaimed or refused prizes will be redrawn until all the three subscriptions have been accepted.
There is one requirement for all contenders: they are required to actively contribute their scores to Contest Online Scoreboard (https://contestonlinescore.com) during 24 or more hours in the contest.
We look forward to seeing your scores on ContestOnlineScore.com during WAEDC CW/SSB! Information on how to post your scores during the contest is available at https://contestonlinescore.com/blog/documents/.
We encourage everyone to use the cross-board Score Distribution server which distributes your scores to both currently active scoreboards (https://contestonlinescore.com and http://cqcontest.net). Read https://contestonlinescore.com/blog/real-score-cluster-update-cqcontest-net-left-the-cluster/ for details.
We have implemented some basic integration with the famous Contest Calendar web site (http://www.contestcalendar.com/) created by our partner Bruce, WA7BNM.
We put a link on the main scoreboard page header pointing to a currently active contest details page: