[CQ-Contest] Domestic Contest Spots/Cheating

Ken Widelitz widelitz at gte.net
Tue Oct 11 21:57:34 EDT 2005

Mal, N7MAL, complained about being worked by stations in the single op
category after his station was spotted in SS & NAQP. In his post he stated
"If it happened once, or maybe even twice, it might be coincidence but over
several contests it is no longer coincidence but cheating."

While watching the Angels/White Sox game I compiled the following statistics
from 2001 - 2005 regarding ALL of N7MAL's reported operations from the ARRL
web site, the CQ-CONTEST 3830 archives and DX Summit:

YEAR/Contest      QSOs     Spots

04 CW SS            477            5
03 CW SS            309            3
02 CW SS            367            3
01 PH SS              77             0
01 CW SS            220            0

05 CW NAQP        360            1
04 CW NAQP        492            1

I would note the following:

1. In each contest I made considerably more QSOs and was spotted fewer
times. Why is this significant? Because, especially in SS, and especially on
Sunday, "new blood" is much desired. I know I am constantly tuning the 2nd
radio looking for "new blood." Every serious SS competitor is doing the same
thing. Given, generally, in the last few years only 2 bands have significant
activity, if you are SO2R, you are tuning just one band. You will find a new
station relatively quickly without cheating.
2. If I hear a pileup - or see one on the bandscope, it attracts my
attention, without the use of packet.
3. There is a category of Unlimited in SS. That is a single op assisted
category. It is becoming more popular and those single ops DO get to jump on
packet spots legally. Spots of "new blood" gets attention from this
4. The sample size of spots about which N7MAL is complaining is VERY small.
However, given the small sample size, if the same single op station worked
N7MAL in 2002, 2003 and 2004 within a few minutes of his being spotted, it
would raise my eyebrows.
5. In checking my own logs, I see I worked N7MAL in 2001 when he had zero
spots. I didn't work N7MAL in 2002, 2003 or 2004. Guess I wasn't tuning the
2nd radio hard enough.

73, Ken, K6LA / VY2TT

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