so what is the big deal if someone self spots? seriously - if you rely 100% on
the packet, you've already lost. sure it's nice to see a needed mult or if 10
is FINALLY open on Sunday afternoon. but is it really going to help a station
make more QSO's - if anything, it's going to slow everyone down - esp. those
foolish enough to duke it out in the pileups.
the dubious spots for the Africa station is more humorous than a cause for
concern. a M/M is going to have someone sweeping the band for needed mults
between the other position's running, a M/2 will have someone sweeping on one
band while the other is running on the dominant band, and a SO is going to be
busy running like the devil on 20m ;)
packet is a tool. it takes 2 seconds to decide if the spotted station is the
one on the freq. according to good practice, you should know who you are
calling before you transmit, right? so if the call is busted you already know
that and can hit ALT+F3 after you have them in the log to "fix" the spot.
much ado about nothing if you ask me. if your score and fun are so heavily
connected to the accuracy of the packet spots, then i think you are missing
mults yet to be spotted. like 1/2 of the action on 10m Sunday afternoon - if
you needed to see the spots than you most likely were missing Q's while stuck
in the pileups.
what should be more of an issue is the horrid audio and nearly 15kHz splatter
that some SA's seemed to be proud of. IMO, that is more harmful than a busted
spot. that's 15kHz that could have been in the "clear" for others to use. 40m
was a mad house and this didn't help matters.
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