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Re: [CQ-Contest] Perils of online spotting

To: <Timothy.Urban@wc.ey.com>, <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Perils of online spotting
From: "Rex Lint" <rex@lint.mv.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 08:43:57 -0500
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As always, no such thing as a dumb question!

The accuracy of internet spots is notoriously poor.  I've seen as many as 5
ways to bust a call, all listed pointing to the same spot on the band map.
If it sounds too good to be true, IT IS too good to be true!  Everyone else
says "copy the call."  You'll also see folks complaining about the station
not sending its call often enough.  You might want to just drop your call
in, when the staion comes back, send CALL? then send your report - then be
ready to copy the call!

Best of luck, and welcome to radiosport.

       Rex Lint
       Merrimack, NH


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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Perils of online spotting

Dumb newbie question - testing out DX Summit during the recent ARRL CW DX 
contest, I happened upon a spot entered by a Canadian station for P75P, 
with the country indicated as North Korea.

Later, I noticed that nobody else during the contest had spotted a North 
Korean station, which made me suspicious.

Even later I noticed that there was another station spotted that was PZ5P, 
from Surinam.

QRZ lists a PZ5P, but no P75P.

Should I assume that the North Korean spot was a busted call?


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