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Re: [CQ-Contest] arrl dx ssb spotting report

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] arrl dx ssb spotting report
From: asciibaron@comcast.net
Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2006 21:07:10 +0000
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so what is the big deal if someone self spots?  seriously - if you rely 100% on 
the packet, you've already lost.  sure it's nice to see a needed mult or if 10 
is FINALLY open on Sunday afternoon.  but is it really going to help a station 
make more QSO's - if anything, it's going to slow everyone down - esp. those 
foolish enough to duke it out in the pileups.

the dubious spots for the Africa station is more humorous than a cause for 
concern.    a M/M is going to have someone sweeping the band for needed mults 
between the other position's running, a M/2 will have someone sweeping on one 
band while the other is running on the dominant band, and a SO is going to be 
busy running like the devil on 20m ;)

packet is a tool.  it takes 2 seconds to decide if the spotted station is the 
one on the freq.  according to good practice, you should know who you are 
calling before you transmit, right?  so if the call is busted you already know 
that and can hit ALT+F3 after you have them in the log to "fix" the spot.

much ado about nothing if you ask me.  if your score and fun are so heavily 
connected to the accuracy of the packet spots, then i think you are missing 
mults yet to be spotted.  like 1/2 of the action on 10m Sunday afternoon - if 
you needed to see the spots than you most likely were missing Q's while stuck 
in the pileups.

what should be more of an issue is the horrid audio and nearly 15kHz splatter 
that some SA's seemed to be proud of.  IMO, that is more harmful than a busted 
spot.  that's 15kHz that could have been in the "clear" for others to use.  40m 
was a mad house and this didn't help matters.

-Steve, WM3O
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