[CQ-Contest] Fishy spots in WPX SSB
ludal at dmv.com
Sat Apr 12 10:14:02 EDT 2003
> I don't agree.
> BEFORE the contest (emphasis on "Before") you have engineered up the best
> station you can to play in the contest. If you're a better station
> designer than me, you have earned an advantage (emphasis on "earned").
> DURING the contest,, it should be my station and my skills pitted against
> your station and your skills. Outside assistance in the forms of clusters
> and spotting nets is just exactly that -- outside assistance, like having
> someone lead the tiger out in front of your rifle.
> "Un chasseur sachant chasser chasse sans son chien."
> 73, de Hans, K0HB
Very nicely put Hans. I don't know that I can rally around your
hunting example, after all, it's in French! I agree that packet
represents outside assistance. I just think that there is a place
for it in contesting and that it represents another advance in
amateur radio technology. I also believe it takes a fair amount
of operating skill to maximize the yield of packet spots. I feel
that the use of INTERNET spotting violates the spirit of amateur
radio contesting as it is using a non-amateur radio means of
I find it interesting to note that in a Multi-op category, it makes
a significant contribution and is a must to remain competitive.
In a single-op category, it enhances the mediocre operator's
performance while it is a distraction for most serious competitors.
As an example, I use packet in SS Phone to ensure a sweep
with a minimal number of hours of operation. I do not use
packet for a more agressive CW SS event. I don't care much
for phone contests but want to contribute to my club's aggregate
score. That process seems to work for me.
BTW, my earlier post was a bit tongue in cheek. Thanks for your
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