[CQ-Contest] Bad Packet Spots
jtolbert at gremlan.org
Thu Dec 20 19:32:19 EST 2001
I've been helping beta test the N1MM windows based logging program, which
btw is very neat ( and free!). One of the "features" is the ability to spot
all search and pounce qso's. Its an option that can be turned on or off.
During CQWW I was mostly s&p and as I logged a station, the spot would
automatically be sent. The problem came when I would find an open freq and
start calling CQ. Sometimes the program would not "switch" from s&p to run
mode when F1 was pressed ( as its supposed to). This caused the stations I
were working to be spotted with my run freq. Once, VQ9IO (?) called in and
whne that spot went out, instant pileup!. Not sure if thats whats happening
but I know the program is becoming more and more popular and once in a
while, sh?t happens.
73 Jamie WW3S
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Gilmer - N2MG" <n2mg at contesting.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Cc: <n4gn at n4gn.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2001 1:41 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Bad Packet Spots
> Sounds like it could be another clever work around to
> a rule. He (or his "alias") didn't spot *himself*,
> now did he? ;-)
> This could be detected by looking at the spot records
> however. Another tool to try to add to the toolbox?
> Mike N2MG
> On Wed, 19 December 2001, "Tim Totten, N4GN" wrote:
> > I had no less than five cases in the 10-meter contest when I went to a
> > packet spot freq and rather than finding the new mult that had been
> > spotted, I discovered one rather well-known and experienced European
> > contester running on the frequency. The first time it happened, I
> > "oh well, the mult I expected doesn't seem to be here, but I might as
> > work Mr. Well-Known and Experienced European Contester since I'm already
> > here." And so I did.
> > But after the second, third, fourth and fifth times this happened, I got
> > bit suspicious. Isn't it interesting that this guy "just happened" to
> > on a frequency where only seconds earlier a rare mult had been spotted?
> > Mr. Well-Known wasn't the guy who put out the packet spot, so it wasn't
> > case of him spotting DX that called him. I'm sure he understands that
> > practice isn't generally accepted anyway. And it sure seemed odd that I
> > never heard any of those five spotted calls later in the contest.
> > I didn't keep good enough notes the first three times, so I don't have
> > enough evidence to feel comfortable making any accusations. But if
> > else noticed this same thing, perhaps we can compare what notes we have.
> > You can bet I will start making some better notes in the future,
> > especially if I find this same guy under similar circumstances!
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