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Re: [CQ-Contest] cheating with packet

To: "Yuri VE3DZ" <ve3dz@rigexpert.net>, <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] cheating with packet
From: "Kerr, Prof. K.M." <k.kerr@abdn.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 23:54:18 -0000
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>
This particular thread is becoming an annual event. So be it. I generally don't 
rise to this bait but on this occasion I must.
I love contesting. 
I love finding and working multipliers.
I don't have cluster or internet in my shack.
I have never used any cluster as a SO but have seen and used it in a multi-op 
environment. There is just NO COMPARISON between point and shoot at cluster 
spots and finding them for yourself (my opinion).
I know there is NEVER going to be a level playing field in this game, even 
within realistic geographic limits. I get my ass kicked every year by other EU 
stations in my category (SOAB or occasional single band outings) who are also 
unassisted. Nonetheless, I wish to be and try very hard to remain reasonably 
competitive at this level. It is getting very tough.
I DO NOT WANT to have to start using the cluster to remain competitive. This 
would completely change the nature and feel of the contest for me. I am 
dismayed that some prominent contests like WAE 'allow' spotting assistance but 
that is the sponsor's choice and they are popular well-supported events. They 
are just not for me, as serious competition.
What I am 'afraid of' is having more premier events taking this default 
position. For me it would completely ruin a wonderful 'radio 
experience'...again, my opinion.
For those who wish to use it, the cluster is great. It is unrealistic to 
imagine it could be 'switched off' during major contest weekends. Imagine what 
that would do to our standing among non-contesters, who like a bit of DXing, 
especially during contests. Indeed, we need to keep these guys on the air 
chasing spots and maybe working us as well. 
Please don't force me to use the cluster in order to remain competitive.
Keith GM4YXI (GM7V)


From: cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com on behalf of Yuri VE3DZ
Sent: Wed 12/12/2007 19:08
To: cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] cheating with packet

I don't like Dx Cluster, but the reality is - like it or not - almost
everyone is using it nowadays, one way or another. I mean 99.9 % of the HAM
stations have the capability of using Dx Cluster today.
So, why not just allow it for all categories, like it was done for WAE or
Russian DX long time ago?

What are we afraid of here?

Yuri  VE3DZ

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