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Re: [CQ-Contest] Self-spotting,arranged QSO's and the CQ 160 contest

To: "'Richard L. King'" <k5na@ecpi.com>,"'CQ Contest'" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Self-spotting,arranged QSO's and the CQ 160 contest
From: "W7TMT" <w7tmt@dayshaw.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 13:25:02 -0800
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>
With all due respect is this not a violation of the "unsportsmanlike
conduct" item listed under the CW 160 "Disqualification:" paragraph? 


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From: cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of Richard L. King
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 11:28 AM
To: n2ic@arrl.net; CQ Contest
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Self-spotting, arranged QSO's and the CQ 160

If you look at the rules for the CQWW 160M Contest, there is nothing in the
rules about self-spotting, etc. This might be an oversight. 
Actually, the only thing that remotely addresses this action is the
Use of packet, a spotting net, or logging assistance makes an entry
I looked further, and didn't see any restriction about self spotting in what
I looked at and read on the CQ Magazine site. The rule above might imply to
some that the behavior is OK.

That being said, I don't think we can say that this was illegal or unethical
behavior if there was no rule against it. However, I will agree with Steve
that it is unacceptable for contesting. I think a rule should be added to
clearly prohibit this from happening and not allow this form of
self-spotting, even by multi-op stations.

The 160M Chat web site is there for coordinating weak signal work on 160M
and it is used mainly by DXers. I don't watch it during contests when I am
single-op, unassisted. But I will watch it, without sending it comments,
when I am assisted or multi-op. To me it is no more than watching packet.

I do think that any coordination of QSOs during contests is like
"self-spotting" and a rule should be added to cover it. Perhaps something
like, "Emails, Internet chat rooms, web cams that show operating frequency,
and packet self-spotting should not be used to assist in the manufacture of
QSOs for the CQWW 160M Contest by any class of entry.

That's my opinion.

Richard - K5NA

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