> The problem isn't that people use spots, it's that some, a
> minority perhaps,
> use them and don't claim to use them.
....and that minority makes what? A few multipliers more and
virtually no more QSO's. Big deal. It isn't worth doing that
any more than it is worth working someone on 7125 or 7127
LSB, or going down in the SSB band and saying "listen up for
me", or making a sked. Plenty of people do lots of other
things too, and it still doesn't help them significantly.
It's truly amazing what flies out of some giant pie-holes.
Some people fancy themselves amateur radio's equivalent of
Clint Eastwood, who's sole reason for lack of modern success
is their lack of money to buy hardware.
Others claim the reason they get totally hosed is because
someone else used packet.
It seems some can't ever lose anything just because someone
else is better than they are at operating, has more
technical skill, a better station, or has a better
combination of the three. It always has to be something
negative about the rest of the world.
If you can't be a winner, be a whiner. There must be an
external reason whiners are 200 QSO's and 10 multipliers
Now here's something to think about. If we can't stop or
disqualify a station who goes out of the band to work
people, something we can all hear and would appear in a log
as a QSO, why do we think we can do anything about anything
less easily proven? Everyone, contesters or not, knows when
someone is on 3600 or 3602 LSB, 7125 or 7127 LSB, or on
14348 or 14350 USB. If we can't control the obviously proven
that makes us all look like fools, why spend so much energy
worrying about something that means virtually nothing?
I say, give 'em a big packet of cheese to go with all that
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