[CQ-Contest] WW SSB - the corruptive influence of packet

Tue Nov 1 19:10:02 EST 2005


I realize that packet causes lots of problems in contests but it is not the
cause of all evil in contesting. There have been lots of stations that
identify infrequently for years...certainly before packet was in common use.

It is really easy to blame the things you don't like for the all the
foolishness we hear in the contests. Outlawing packet tomorrow would not
have the impact that many might hope. We have large numbers of stations that
are not entering the contest but just hoping to work a few new countries.
(We hope lots and lots of these stations.) They will continue to use packet
and cause whatever negative consequences that result. 

Considering the large numbers of Multi's, assisted stations and stations
that don't enter the contests, the numbers of S/O stations improperly using
packet is probably a pretty small percentage. This isn't to say that what
they are doing is right. It is not. I just think that the number is pretty
small considering all the "smoke and fire" that this topic has generated.

Hopefully, any change in the contest rules will be well-considered. Changes
can have both positive and negative consequences. I sure hope that we don't
make the rules so "pristine" that it's no fun anymore. 

Bill, W5VX

>The really annoying thing I found this weekend were the stations
>who were only identifying every 5 or 10 minutes because they
>had a steady diet of packet assisted stations feeding their pileups
>who knew their callsign a priori. As a single-op unassisted, it's a
>royal PITA when you are trying to make the most of your operating
>time to have to sit on a frequency for 5 or 10 minutes listening to a
>huge pileup and wondering if you really need that station for a
>multiplier because he won't identify.
>Packet can be fun if your just chasing DX, so I won't rain on
>packet user's parade (sometimes I am a packet user), but I just
>wish that the rare DX in the contests wouldn't assume that we
>are all using it all the time. Send your call each QSO like
>ZD8Z/N6TJ does.
>73 de Mike, W4EF.....................................................
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