>I'll try to answer you within the bounds of
>can disagree without being disagreeable". (In other
>words, "we're all entitled to an opinion".)
I knew that this was going to degenerate to yet
another discussion over parsing rule language.
>Point #2 - The rules do not prohibit on-the-air
>solicitation of contacts, nor do they prohibit
>solicitation of "spots". I can make an argument
>that >they should, but they do not.
>Therefor I can't agree with you that they were
At the beginning of the rules, there is a statement
that reads (quoting directly):
"Only the entrant's callsign can be used to aid the
If the entrant is saying on 15 meters "hey, K9whoever,
spot me on the U.S. packet network" - then that is
undisputably using something other than the entrant's
callsign to aid the entrant's score.
>Point #1 - The spotting network exists to assist
>contesters to achieve higher scores. I can make
>an argument that it should not be active during
>contests, but it is.
The same statement: "Only the entrant's callsign can
be used to aid the entrant's score" is applied to
self-spotting yourself using a different callsign
than the one you are using during the contest. Again,
this is what TO5T did, multiple times by using FM5
callsigns of operators to self-spot TO5T on the packet
networks. Clearly not allowed even if "self-spotting"
were allowed (and I don't think it is).
The other issue of whether or not packet self-spotting
is "legal" under WPX rules for multi-single I'll leave
to someone else to argue. It certainly isn't allowed
for single op assisted, and the general opinion of
contesting in general is that self-spotting is an
active use of packet that is prohibited regardless
of what category you're operating.
I remain totally unapologetic. And the more email
messages I receive that want to parse rule language or
defend cheating and/or unethical contest behavior the
more my disgust grows.
Hans, I agree we are all entitled to an opinion, and
we'll have to agree to disagree because I happen to
think I am right this time.
Scott Robbins, W4PA
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