WOW! I knew we were getting LOTS of spots this weekend, but this is even
above what I expected. Last year in CQWW SSB I recorded 48k spots. This
year it was up to 54317 spots in the database. And during much of this time
my node had over 200 users, 230+ at one point, last year i think i was
topped out at about 120 or so. Much of the weekend there were over 1000
spots/hr, peaking over 1600 spots/hr Sunday.
Most spotted stations:
Unfortunately this is WAY too big to show all the details here. So I am
going to summarize here more than usual and you can download the raw data
from my web site. It seems that either there is a new batch of spotting
cheaters or the ones that have been out there have forgotten what showed up
last year. What you can do to help is to put pressure on those who use
these obvious attempts to cheat and get them to play nicer with others.
spotter dx Spots Total Pct
BY1DX BY1DX 73 73 100
KA2AEV V26B 68 68 100
4Z5NU 4X0V 47 50 94
BG7IEU BG7IEU 34 35 97
EA5CHA EG5CMC 30 30 100
G0GFQ G2B 28 28 100
MI3CMR MI0JZZ 22 29 75
VE3KF VE2Z 21 21 100
DO7GG DR5A 20 27 74
DL0NG CT9L 20 20 100
Lots of very dedicated cheerleaders this year for sure!
A 'single spotter' is someone who makes exactly one spot in the 48 hours.
In this table a high percentage of spots by 'single spotters' for non-rare
expeditions is often a sign that the spotter callsigns are being faked in
some way. Big expeditions to really rare places often get high percentages
of dx hunters who only spot them to brag that they worked them, then turn
off their radio... High percentages for expeditions or really rare stations
are normally in the 20-30% range, 'normal' stations are usually in the
Single spotter spots:
DX Total All DXSummit
1A3A 537 36(6%) 16(2%)
C50C 542 34(6%) 14(2%)
PA1WLB 46 31(67%) 31(67%) more below!
HC8N 531 27(5%) 3(0%)
HP1AVS 60 25(41%) 25(41%) more below!
TS6A 369 19(5%) 8(2%)
EA7RU 59 18(30%) 17(28%) more below!
F5KKD 46 15(32%) 4(8%)
CX9DX 34 15(44%) 15(44%) more below!
RK3QWW 39 14(35%) 13(33%) more below!
CC0Y 95 14(14%) 4(4%)
3DA0WW 202 13(6%) 5(2%)
Now what is interesting about this is that I do the statistics above and the
search for suspicious looking patterns below separately... it just happens
that both searches turned up the same 5 stations above by different methods.
Then, as a 3rd input I also search the DXSummit spot inputs separately, and
find more on the same stations.... so here we go.
PA1WLB (as an example of the data I'll leave this one complete and summarize
Single spotter spots:
Spotter Freq Comment
KB4RTY 14306.5 TEST STRONG 59
OK1WSD 14267.5 TNX WW TEST
NY2N 14277 CONTEST 59
YO7HJK 14254 59 strong CONTEST
RK6DF 14308.5 contest ww
WB4DF 14306.5 TEST
W3ER 14291 N4RJ-@: 59 CONTEST
KB4FG 14286.5 strong in NA
YO7AAS 14254 STRONG COPY CONTEST
KB4JKL 14277 59 CONTEST
KB4ON 14277 TNX CONTEST 59
KI4RF 14306.5 59 oppy in NA
WB1SD 14306.5 BIG SIG CONTEST
RX9HG 14306 tnx test ww ssb
N2FG 14286.5 59 contest
W3YSD 14254 tnx TEST
N2ER 14254 59 CONTEST
RK6YT 14286.5 59 contest strong
KB4WS 14268 STRONG SIG CONTEST
KB4RF 514254.7 CONTEST CQ CQ
IV3SDF 14306 Contest 59
K2HE 14306.5 59 tnx cont
N2DS 14268 TNX 59 14
JA3FDG 14306 59 ww ssb contest
K9HJ 14286.5 59 TEST
V21S 14259 contest
EA8BNM 14254 tnx TEST
RW9TY 14254 CQ CQ CONTEST
K2DS 14254 59 test ww
Observations: lots of similar comments, does everyone really put the '59'
in their comment?? Does anyone?? And don't you love it when they brag!
Lots of integer or '.5' frequencies, obviously not a common pattern on
Call spot checks:
WB4DF - not issued
KB4FG - NOT ISSUED
KB4ON - NOT ISSUED
WB1SD - NOT ISSUED
W3YSD - NOT ISSUED
KB4RF - NOT ISSUED
In this case there is not much info on dxsummit for these spots. They may
have been entered directly into the #cqdx irc channel, or from some other
source that dumped them into dxsummit or #cqdx.
HP1AVS (ok, i'll leave this one full size also since there is dxsummit data
Single spotter spots:
Spotter Freq Comment
LV5V 28430 cq ww
LS2D 28434 CQWW
PY2ZY 28460 GOOD SIGNAL
Observations: ALL integer frequencies! VERY strange. Almost no comments,
not unusual during a contest. Lots of well known calls in this list of
spotters, including some rare dx and expeditions, now that is strange.
This is a group of spots for him from DXSummit, note the same IP address for
all the spots from different spotters around the world!
LO7D 28460 126.96.36.199
CX2DDP 28490 188.8.131.52
CE3P 28500 184.108.40.206
PY2DXX 28500 220.127.116.11
PY5WH 28500 18.104.22.168
PU2MJU 28500 22.214.171.124
ZX2B 28500 126.96.36.199
PU1CCC 28500 188.8.131.52
PY2ZY 28460 GOOD SIGNAL 184.108.40.206
CE1WNA 28480 signal 5-9 220.127.116.11
LV5V 28430 cq ww 18.104.22.168
LS2D 28434 CQWW 22.214.171.124
LR2F 28460 126.96.36.199
HK3TU 28462 188.8.131.52
OA4AHW 28462 184.108.40.206
VP8NO 28462 220.127.116.11
HC8N 28463 18.104.22.168
NP2B 28463 22.214.171.124
HK3Y 28463 126.96.36.199
V26B 28463 188.8.131.52
C50C 28463 184.108.40.206
WD0M 28463 220.127.116.11
J3A 28463 18.104.22.168
W5ZO 28463 22.214.171.124
CA1UGE 28463 126.96.36.199
8P6EX 28463 188.8.131.52
KD5ZAT 28463 184.108.40.206
N0KE 28463 220.127.116.11
W0ETT 28463 18.104.22.168
J37T 28463 22.214.171.124
W5OM 28463 126.96.36.199
KC2PCR 28463 188.8.131.52
XE1VY 28463 184.108.40.206
CQ9K 28463 220.127.116.11
CE1KR 28463 18.104.22.168
EA8AAJ 28463 22.214.171.124
VO1MP 28463 126.96.36.199
VE3BDN 28463 188.8.131.52
VE2Z 28463 184.108.40.206
AA1K 28463 220.127.116.11
and if there is any question left, that ip comes back to:
owner: Cable & Wireless Panama
responsible: Networks Operations
address: Via España, Torre Bco. Nacional, 1,
address: 083400659 - Panama -
Single spotter spots were kind of ordinary looking. Though split spots all
used a similar 3 digit frequency without 'qsx' which for computer loggers is
rather odd these days.
DXSummit spots from:
all came from 18.104.22.168
address: Parque Empresarial La Finca
address: Edificio 9
address: Paseo del Club Deportivo, 1
address: 28223 Pozuelo de Alarcon
address: Madrid, Spain
most spots came from F5MZN-3 node, including users
k5ya,w8zr,ja2pac,jr5vhu,gm3tt,w4is,ua4lw,hg1s, and n5au. ALL had comments,
mostly saying zone 14 or 'cqww', both of which are rarely used by real
Spots from DXSummit:
F2MA 21252.5 cq ww 22.214.171.124
W4JI 21214.5 Booming NA 126.96.36.199
N4DL 14330 Booming NA 188.8.131.52
W7WA 14330 zone 14 184.108.40.206
which of course is from
address: FRANCE TELECOM/SCR
address: 48 rue Camille Desmoulins
address: 92791 ISSY LES MOULINEAUX CEDEX 9
Another one with all integer frequencies. The only comment from 3 different
spotters was "CONTES".
DXSummit spots from
All came from IP: 220.127.116.11
owner: Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones
responsible: ANTELDATA ANTEL URUGUAY
address: Treinta y Tres, 1418, P.3
address: 11000 - Montevideo -
Lots of "CQ WW" comments. Comments included with almost all spots including
saying what antenna he was using and direction he was beaming at the time.
Got spotted by P51AC which was interesting.
DXSummit spots from around the world from IP 18.104.22.168
address: Oleg A. Yurlov
address: 115035 30, Kadashevskaya emb.
address: Moscow, Russian Federation
Why?? Not rare enough to start with? All integer frequencies... "59"
comments on several spots from different spotters.
must have been a dialup number as the DXSummit ip address kept changing, but
they all came back to:
OrgName: African Network Information Center
Address: 03B3 - 3rd Floor - Ebene Cyber Tower
Address: Cyber City
A52AM and also A52AN
Again WHY??? Most spots in this small group had comments "ww".
DXSummit spots from:
Note the common use of left handed suffixes, go type these and see what
fingers you use:
FGT, GFT, FRT, DER, DR, and maybe HG.
came from IP 22.214.171.124
descr: SKYCC, VoIP and ISP, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Why do these relatively rare places think they need to fake spots for
themselves???? Just call cq and with all the spotters out there you will
get spotted many more times by them without breaking rules or wasting time
playing on the internet!
A61HH - Again, this one hd most comments saying "CQWW" or "CQ WW", or one
just "WW".. all upper case as opposed to others that are often mixed case.
IP address comes back to:
org-name: Emirates Telecommunications Corporation
address: Emirates Telecommunications Corporation - Etisalat
P.O. Box 1150
United Arab Emirates
There was a spotting competition in China from the looks of it, all of these
had suspicious groups of spots:
B7M, BA4T, BX5AA
Others with similar patterns that were obviously fakes include:
CV5D, F4FLQ, I4ABF, IZ2DPX, IZ5ICH, RX1CQ, XE1CQ
I expect the log checkers will ask for the data again this year like they
have the last couple years. If you want to do your own analysis or see if
you have been flagged by any of my checks and just didn't make the hit
parade listed here you can download the excel and access files, as well as
the raw data for this summary at:
Just please don't ask me to explain it all to you, if you don't know how to
use complex access queries or excel or how to trace ip addresses I don't
have time to explain it all to the world.
David Robbins K1TTT
AR-Cluster node: 145.69MHz or telnet://dxc.k1ttt.net
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