[CQ-Contest] my FRIEND is spotting me

Jan Erik Holm sm2ekm at telia.com
Thu Dec 4 09:40:42 EST 2003

Hmmm, so now before you spot you gotta think "is this a friend
of mine and does CQ commitee know it".
This is too much!
What is the difference, lets say I have a SM2 friend that I spot
and I also spot "my friend KR2Q" and also lets say we belong
to the same club (that could be), I see no difference. Was
it wrong to spot the SM2 and not KR2Q?
This is to carry things too far. Just remember that this is an
hobby (even contesting) and if everything are too strict and
there are too many rules and regulations and pin pointers it
isn´t fun any more.

73 Jim SM2EKM

member of FRENGO contest team (CT9L M/2 CW)

> Dear packet spotters of local friends:
> [disclaimer - the following opinion is my own and shall not be construed as
> the ruling of any contest committee with which I may be associated]
> So you state that, "My friend was spotting me while I was calling CQ" and
> you would like a ruling.  Well, let's see....
> In CQWW, self-spotting is prohibited.  It seems to me that if your "friend"
> is spotting you multiple times, then this is equivalent to self-spotting.
> Let's take this a bit further.  If "your friend" can spot you multiple
> times, why is he doing that?  What is the EFFECT?  The effect is that you
> are now "calling cq" on another band (packet/internet/etc).  He is acting as
> a "feeder" for your station and helping you improve your score.  This is
> EFFECTIVELY the non-passive use of packet or spotting nets.
> Does it make ANY sense that this should be permitted in light of the fact
> that self-spotting is prohibited?  It does NOT make any sense to me.  If
> this were permitted, well, what would be the sense of the "no self spotting"
> rule?  All you'd have to do is to convince "your friend(s)" to spot you all
> the time.
> This is an extremely slippery slope and seems virtually identical (at least
> to me) as the stuff that K1TTT is exposing (hidden self spotting).  Maybe it
> can be counched in "innocence," but that would be a wrong framework.
> So while this may seem like a friendly act, it is tantamount to breaking the
> rules, no matter what category of entry.
> And as for those who state, "It's not in the rules," well, be careful what
> you wish for.....  Contest Committees have no interest in constructing an
> iron-clad, legal bible.  The rules are out there, the annotated notes are
> out there, and (I think) common sense is out there.  I do not think that it
> takes any sort of deep, philosophical thinking, zen experience, or heavenly
> epiphany to see that "a friend" spotting you multiple times is the
> equivalent of self-spotting.
> de Doug KR2Q
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