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Re: [CQ-Contest] Is the Cluster losing its Luster

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Is the Cluster losing its Luster
From: Mike Fatchett W0MU <w0mu@w0mu.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:26:39 -0700
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I used my cluster W0MU-1, w0mu.net, shameless plug .  Keep in mind that 
most clusters are all tied together so one bad spot will propagate to 
nearly every other spot outlet available.  I have used the RBN and have 
a skimmer receiver, not currently hooked up.  The skimmer work pretty 
well but does not always catch all the goings on as they generally have 
lesser antennas.  The Spot network might key you in to propagation 
changes or possible openings that might come your way or when you might 
expect 10m to pop.

More and more people are trying cw and I suspect many are using code 
readers in one shape or another.  With this in mind I would expect to 
see some copying issues.  I also believe that some mistakes are not 
mistakes at all but seeds planted to catch folks claiming unassisted or 
being sent for other malicious reasons.

It is up to the op to make sure that they copy the spotted stations call 
before hitting the enter key.

Mike W0MU

On 2/28/2011 1:52 PM, Paul Mackanos - K2DB wrote:
> I was wondering if as a contester, how you feel on the use of the packet
> cluster when contesting on CW.
> 1) Do you use a regular cluster node such as K1TTT ?
> 2) Do you use the Reverse Beacon network node ?
> The reason I ask this, is because of my last operation in the ARRL DX CW
> contest. My observations are:
> 1) Spots from regular packet nodes seemed have a very high error rate.
> Either the person who spotted the station could not copy code correctly
> (busted calls), did not spot the right frequency or had fat fingers or
> whatever. Unscrupulous individuals spotting bogus calls, etc.
> 2) Spots from the reverse beacon network were much more reliable, along with
> NO human errors. Not 100% perfect, but a much lower error rate.
> Agree or disagree? Why ?
> This is for CW only.
> Paul K2DB
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