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[CQ-Contest] WRTC Spotting

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] WRTC Spotting
From: "Carol Richards" <n2mm@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 09:23:03 -0500
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I have received several comments related to my earlier post. I think Jeff, KU8E 
was right on track with his suggestion up to a point. I think it should be left 
to the WRTC committee to make the determination after the contest and before 
the final results are announced. If a log has a dispropotionate amount of 
unique calls from their own country then the rules should allow for the removal 
of those unique calls. In almost every contest there are always some unique 
calls. A lot of times they are just busted callsigns. The key words are 
disproportionate numbers. 

I made a comment about WRTC stations always having an endless supply of 
stations to work. The same feeling exists on the East coast with a seemingly 
endless supply of EU and on the West coast with the large number of JA's. I 
stand corrected. There are times when calling CQ gets very few responses. Even 
the WRTC teams did experience those moments. The use of a packet spot might be 
advantageous to them or it won't! This is where operator skill and knowledge 
comes in. When a run dries up, this might indicate the need for a band change 
and that's what they did.

Finally, the use of packet spotting will continue to exist whether we like it 
or not. Perhaps, as Jeff suggested, penalizing a country's team might offer a 
signifcant enough of a deterrent to disuade such practices; especially if it is 
made known that the final positioning was directly affected. by these, few 
over-zealous supporters. A prime example of this was when a fan at a baseball 
game reaches over to touch or catch a foul ball that a fielder might have 
caught. The outcome of the game might have, as a result of this fan's over 
zealous action, been altered in favor of the opposing team.

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