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Re: [CQ-Contest] cheating with packet

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] cheating with packet
From: John Unger <w4au@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 19:56:37 -0500
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Yuri -

I also dislike the DX Cluster in general, and its effects on contesting, in 
particular. However, I disagree with your conclusion that we should allow 
use of packet spots for all categories in contests.

I assume that when you say that "almost everyone is using it nowadays...", 
you mean in other ways than for assistance when contesting. Clearly, in all 
the contests that distinguish between assisted and normal SO stations, the 
normal stations outnumber the assisted ones.

I got into this game of contesting relatively late in my 50+ year ham 
career, but one thing that I have noticed is that the operators that I most 
admire are the ones who operate and turn in excellent scores without 
assistance from others' spots.

I, personally, like the feeling of operating as just me with my little 
pistol station; sitting alone listening to thousands of other hams around 
the world and trying to talk to as many of them as possible. Just me, not a 
large group of "assistants" feeding me information that I should be able to 
go and dig up for myself if I only worked a little harder and had a better 
knowledge of propagation. I, also, would "... like to be recognized as a 
guy who knows how to operate." (de K5ZD).

Maybe I'm just another dinosaur trying to avoid the inevitable, but I 
sincerely hope that this is not the case.

73 - John, W4AU

At 02:08 PM 12/12/2007, Yuri VE3DZ wrote:
>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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