Although I do not think that spotting in this WRTC influenced all that much
on the top three positions, I would agree that excessive cheerleading
spotting might have a negative influence on Fair Play issues in any contest.
The best thing would be to have an active dialogue with the leading spotting
networks and to serisouly consider to perform "necessary computer systems
maintenance" during the next WRTC. In this way, we will avoid this kind of
somewhat bitter aftertaste, when some people will not agree to the
excellence of the winner, while claiming that spotting was part of the
The teams I met during this WRTC represent the golden elite of contest
operators. They are in no need of spots to perform, and I think they would
all agree to run WRTC without spots...
My personal opinion is that our major contests also would benefit from
"technical maintenance" and temporary shut-down of clusters...
73 de R3/SM6LRR, Mats
(WRTC 2010 Referee)
2010/7/13 Hank Greeb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> How about REQUIRING the software at each WRTC contest station self spot
> on a predetermined or random basis, say once an hour, or once every 30
> minutes or so, and severely discouraging spotting by others? This
> would give each team equal spotting, and level the playing field in the
> number of spots.
> 73 de n8xx Hg
> On 7/13/2010 10:42 AM, "Martin Monsalvo, LU5DX" <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Message: 9
> > Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 05:57:30 -0700 (PDT)
> > From: "Martin Monsalvo, LU5DX"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Subject: [CQ-Contest] List of WRTC stations / Results /Overspotting
> > and its impact
> > To: CQ CONTEST<email@example.com>
> > Message-ID:<firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
> > Howdy guys.
> > The full list of teams and their R3 callsigns and the WRTC results is
> > at:
> > http://ru.wrtc2010.ru/index.php?id=51&idp=46
> > The cheerleading or over-spotting of certain stations generated a great
> deal of email traffic on the reflector and outside of it.
> > One thing must be clear. The WRTC operators are not responsible at all
> for what's going on in "the outside world" unless they do something out of
> the rules to identify themselves.
> > But the fact is, the spots generated by their friends have a great impact
> on their performance.
> > <snip>
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