Packet counter-measures

Zack Widup w9sz at
Thu Jun 13 15:05:15 EDT 1996

>Here are some ideas on eliminating the packet "problem" during WRTC:
>(Some are less serious than others).
>1. Shut down all the clusters during the event.

Boo! How are we going to know if VK0WH has shown up?  :-)
(I don't rely on PacketCluster for him, I listen; but for those of us not 
in the contest it helps to know where the bands are open to.)

>2. Have stations creating many "bogus" spots to make it impossible to 
>spot the real stations.

Also not a good idea. N4AA and others will have fits trying to sift thru 
all the bogus calls for their DX bulletins! 

>3. Use log analysis software to detect distribution of major contest club
>members in different logs to see if there are significant differences
>in some of the logs (what a neat idea).

A better idea!

>4. Require the use of the sprint QSY rule (a personal favorite of mine).

An even better one!

>5. Make random teams up just before the contest. Eliminate having two
>members from the same club/country on the same team.

Also a good idea. I vote for # 3, 4, and 5.

>Tree N6TR
>tree at

Zack W9SZ

>From aa8u at (AA8U)  Thu Jun 13 20:13:42 1996
From: aa8u at (AA8U) (AA8U)
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 1996 15:13:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: WRTC strategy and winners
Message-ID: <199606131913.PAA07150 at>

>IMO the consensus of the judges/referees for WRTC96
>was to encourage spotting EVERYBODY thus supporting the event and the

Hi Steve,
You are right on the mark. This should be done for everyone involved. There
is no way you will control what gets spotted. It would be a shame to
penalize any team for what they can't control. It would tarnish the olympic
spirit of the event, similar to steroids.... 

I agree that more activity is good for all concerned. With all the unique
calls, I doubt if it matters much which home team it is, at least not much.
What is this, the second year? Well maybe some growing pains are expected. 

Much emphasis should be placed on the fact that these teams are champions no
matter the scores at the end of the day. Maybe some take this much to
seriously. This is a hobby after all.

I will try to work all the teams from ZK1AAU. Too bad they don't have to
work the other non-WARC HF bands too.

Bruce (AA8Ugly)

President: Mad River Contest Club

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