Let me splain it to ya. Whereas your conclusion is a possible scenario, it
is not necessarily the only, or even the most common one. Some contesting
s/w have a feature called "spot all S&P QSOs". If that feature is
and your s/w is in an S&P mode, all of your Q's get spotted. I noticed the
same phenomena on several bands, and usually sent the station a packet note
advising them of what they were doing, or calling them on their transmit
frequency. That always stopped the activity.
In my own case, I got a packet note from a club member on our cluster that
was doing the same thing on 15M. This was a case where the operator had no
pre-recorded messages, and the previous operator had selected "spot all S&P
QSOs". With no pre-recorded messages, the current operator did not invoke
the "RUN" feature to send .wav files, and therefore, the s/w thought he was
in S&P and was spotting all of his Q's.
To accuse each station that makes this mistake of cheating is grossly
unjust, and I think your view on this is quite myopic.
73 Dallas W3PP
> How about if you create your own luck by spotting yourself on packet and
> then saying...ooooops.... Or have a nearby neighbor who just happens to be
> a packet-cluster sysop spot you.
> I don't operate in phone contests and I never use the packet-cluster in
> any contest I participate in. At the beginning of the contest I told the
> cluster I didn't want to receive any phone spots. That works pretty well
> on every band except 40 (which is being covered on other threads). Friday
> night I was tuning around below 7025 and watching the cluster. I noticed
> several different stations being spotted on the same frequency, below
> 7040. A closer look revealed the same spotter was spotting those stations.
> An even closer looked showed the QSX frequency was exactly the same for
> the group of spots. This happened several different times by several
> different stations. I'm sure there will be loud and violent explanations
> for why and how those spots happened but I didn't fall off the turnip
> truck yesterday. When you are spotting stations you are working on your
> run frequencies, it is plain, pure, and simple self-spotting.
> p.s. Wonder if those stations will claim single op unassisted?
> BULLHEAD CITY, AZ
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