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Re: [CQ-Contest] Why not turn off the clusters during contests?

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Why not turn off the clusters during contests?
From: Zack Widup <w9sz@prairienet.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 16:07:00 -0600 (CST)
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Also, the clusters are used for many more things than contests.  What if a 
major DXpedition is in operation during a contest but is working the 
"other mode"? I can just hear the DXers who are not contesters screaming 
about that right now!

73, Zack W9SZ

On Thu, 13 Dec 2007, Mike Fatchett W0MU wrote:

> Why should the clusters be turned off?  There are legal classes for packet.
> I think packet allows a great number of non serious hams to get in the
> contest and work new countries and make contacts that they might not
> otherwise.
> The problem is not with the technology or packet it is with the cheating
> operators.  If we take a more authoritative stance and start outing the
> cheaters and getting them DQed would be a great start.
> Prior to packet there were 2m spotting nets.  I am sure everyone turned off
> their 2m rigs during the contest right??!!  The use of spotting nets is even
> more difficult to track than packet.
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