[CQ-Contest] Contest Ethics - A Case Study?
Bill Coleman AA4LR
aa4lr at radio.org
Thu May 28 10:49:09 EDT 1998
On 5/21/98 9:42 AM, Zack Widup at w9sz at prairienet.org wrote:
>> * Entered as Single Operator (indicating they did not use
>> PacketCluster): WB8RNY, W0VFO, K2MP, N9PQU
>It is possible to make packet spots without receiving any yourself. I
>have done this in the past. The rules do not prohibit your spotting
>stations for the use of others if you are not receiving any (and hence
True enough, but the in the cases listed, the spots themselves are very
WB8RNY 7210 WB8RNY NEED IOWA FOR SWEEP 110 17 Nov
WB8RNY 7213 WB8RNY LOOK FOR IA VT SPOTS 2213 16 Nov
WB8RNY 7200 WB8RNY NEED IA VT PQ 2114 16 Nov
WB8RNY 14000 WB8RNY NEED NNY KY IA VT SF 1911 16 Nov
W0VFO 7150 PSE SPOT MAINE!!! 39 17 Nov
K2MP 14218 K2MP NEED pse spot IA 2303 16 Nov
N9PQU 21325 N9PQU NEED NEBRASKA AND YULON 2113 16 Nov
These do not look like people who are posting spots for others, but
ignoring spots themselves.
>It's VERY hard to determine if this was the case, though.
>But I would give them the benefit of the doubt with the caveat that
>they're being watched.
I disagree. If you look at the spots, it is quite evident these
individuals are requesting spots. This implies that they are reading
spots, which means they are receiving assistance.
Probably the hardest problem for enforcing this is NOT collecting
incriminating evidence -- the evidence is clearly there. The hard
problems are two-fold: 1) detecting people who covertly collect spots
without logging on to the cluster, 2) people who falsely log another's
callsign onto the packetcluster in order to disqualify the competition.
Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
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