[CQ-Contest] WRTC Spotting

HK3CW cwdude at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 08:47:57 PDT 2010

So who were R36F? Did they have an unfair advantage that showed in the final 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carol Richards" <n2mm at comcast.net>
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Sent: Monday, July 12, 2010 9:23 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] WRTC Spotting

>I have received several comments related to my earlier post. I think Jeff, 
>KU8E was right on track with his suggestion up to a point. I think it 
>should be left to the WRTC committee to make the determination after the 
>contest and before the final results are announced. If a log has a 
>dispropotionate amount of unique calls from their own country then the 
>rules should allow for the removal of those unique calls. In almost every 
>contest there are always some unique calls. A lot of times they are just 
>busted callsigns. The key words are disproportionate numbers.
> I made a comment about WRTC stations always having an endless supply of 
> stations to work. The same feeling exists on the East coast with a 
> seemingly endless supply of EU and on the West coast with the large number 
> of JA's. I stand corrected. There are times when calling CQ gets very few 
> responses. Even the WRTC teams did experience those moments. The use of a 
> packet spot might be advantageous to them or it won't! This is where 
> operator skill and knowledge comes in. When a run dries up, this might 
> indicate the need for a band change and that's what they did.
> Finally, the use of packet spotting will continue to exist whether we like 
> it or not. Perhaps, as Jeff suggested, penalizing a country's team might 
> offer a signifcant enough of a deterrent to disuade such practices; 
> especially if it is made known that the final positioning was directly 
> affected. by these, few over-zealous supporters. A prime example of this 
> was when a fan at a baseball game reaches over to touch or catch a foul 
> ball that a fielder might have caught. The outcome of the game might have, 
> as a result of this fan's over zealous action, been altered in favor of 
> the opposing team.
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