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Re: [CQ-Contest] Self Spotting

To: Stephen Bloom <sbloom@acsalaska.net>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Self Spotting
From: Michael Clarson <wv2zow@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:25:39 -0500
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A hypothetical: As there is no RBN for SSB (yet), suppose stations
appended a high speed CW transmission that could be picked up by an
RBN, and then spotted. One could argue this is self spotting, but is
it any different than formatting your digital or CW CQ to make sure
the RBN picks it up so you get spotted? Not suggesting this, just
asking the question. --73, Mike, WV2ZOW

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 12:05 PM, Stephen Bloom <sbloom@acsalaska.net> wrote:
> Hey all:
> I mostly stay out of the rules change discussions here except for the
> occasional snark, but I have been thinking about this one a bit.  I know it
> has been discussed before but, I am wondering if there is some level of self
> spotting for SSB contests that most would find acceptable, and would be
> feasible for the various rule committees.  For CW and Digital, most of us
> are now used to skimmer/cluster spotting.  I think most like it, some don't,
> but it's part of the landscape now even for those who themselves operate
> unassisted.  For SSB as an example, it is extremely frustrating to *know*
> that say, 10M is open to somewhere, yet it is impossible to get anything
> going there, since the odds of several of us checking it out at the exact
> same time at this point in the sunspot cycle is low.  I don't know exactly
> what rules would work (self spot only so often?), but it seems that allowing
> it would raise the overall fun level, without changing the basic
> architecture and strategy.  Thoughts?
> 73
> Steve KL7SB
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