[CQ-Contest] A new "DX cluster" experience for contesters

Paul O'Kane pokane at ei5di.com
Mon Apr 12 15:37:46 PDT 2010

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pete Smith" <n4zr at contesting.com>

> Metaphorical loom-smashing aside, I think that this
> development will have little impact in the world of
> single-op contesting, given the rules that have been
> put in place in the last couple of years.

This development is, in terms of amateur radio contesting,
a weapon of mass destruction which, rather than being
subject to stringent controls, has been put into the hands
of anyone with an internet connection - in effect, all of

The fact that something can be done does not always mean
that it is worth doing.  The people who have developed
this technology can congratulate themselves on the 
introduction of a fundamental change in the nature of
contesting, to the extent that it has been largely

They may argue it's just a natural extension of existing
technology - the cluster.  If so, doesn't that raise a
question about the legitimacy of the cluster?

Regardless of how we got here, or how well-intentioned
the developers were/are, we should not be here.  The
internet serves only to undermine amateur radio - by
putting the wires back into wireless.

Paul EI5DI

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