[CQ-Contest] Self spotting rationale

Richard DiDonna NN3W nn3w at cox.net
Thu Jul 30 11:43:05 PDT 2009

Ahhh...How quickly we forget.

The first spotting cluster was started by YCCC (a contest club) to assist in spotting stations in contests.

It was not a tool for DXers and not their eminent domain...

73 Rich NN3W
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Coslo" <mjc5 at psu.edu>
To: "CQ-Contest at contesting. com" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Self spotting rationale

> On Jul 30, 2009, at 1:48 AM, Zoli Pitman HA1AG wrote:
>> Andrew wrote:
>>> how
>>> useful would the spotting network be during a contest if everyone
>>> repeatedly spotted themselves non-stop for 48hrs?  It would be  
>>> chaos and
>>> the cluster would probably fall over within minutes!
>> this sounds like a good idea to me... even better if this code  
>> included
>> randomized calls and frequencies.. :-)
> Yikes! You've just described a small denial of service attack. It's  
> also the equivalent of jamming. Really bad idea, even to joke about.
> In addition, the DX clusters are there for DX'ers. That they get  
> hijacked by contesters is one thing, but when we talk about posting  
> bogus info, or to bring them down, that's not a good thing.
> -73 de Mike N3LI -

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