[CQ-Contest] 67 spots

AB2E Darrell ab2e at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 24 00:09:39 EST 2004

Greetings Ken and the group,
I recall seeing a number of spots which include a note for the op's club, 
especially if it's a dxpedition. This seems to occur frequently, so is it 
bad, I'm not sure...it seems like it's happening frequently therefore no 
real advantage whether a dxpedition gets called out 275 or 300 times during 
the weekend. I don't know if the large number of spots is out of line for 1 
station to be called out. I would say it depends on how many other stations 
got called out by the same op. If I am S&Ping, I call out EVERYTHING I hear 
up or down the band. This helps the guys who like the work all the Qs up and 
down the band. While doing this, I will probably hear the Dxpedition multis 
more frequently than I would a single op calling CQ on 1 band, so I would 
think it's natural for a multi to be called out let's say 6 times as 
frequently as an ordinary station, since the station is potentially on 6 
bands at once.

I don't think excessive callouts, per se, are harmful so long as the op is 
also calling out everything else they hear, then it is just part of the 
nature of the contest packet system. I think what is a worse offense are the 
several ops caught by K1TTT and other node operators who apparently log in 
under ficticious callsigns and proceed to call out their friend 100s of 
times during the contest, using a fake IP address and the sort, and are not 
contributing to any other spot callouts during the contest except their 
friend. The latter clearly crosses the line on the rules, while the former 
makes it a lot harder to establish a line I think.

Just my two cents,
73 Darrell AB2E

>From: "Kenneth E. Harker" <kharker at cs.utexas.edu>
>To: CQ Contest <cq-contest at contesting.com>
>Subject: [CQ-Contest] 67 spots
>Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 16:49:45 -0600
>      What, exactly, compels a station to spot a contest DXpedition 67
>times in 48 hours?  What should I conclude about the fact that six out
>of seven of the contest DXpedition operators are members of the same
>contest club as the spotter?  A club that was named in some of the
>spotter's comments?
>      Doesn't this cross some line in terms of assistance?  At what point
>do we begin to look at the club spotting team back in the states as an
>integral part of the contest operation?  Doesn't this look a little
>like the club spotting team back home was calling CQ (over the spotting
>network) on behalf of the contest DXpedition?
>Kenneth E. Harker      "Vox Clamantis in Deserto"      
>kharker at cs.utexas.edu

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