[CQ-Contest] arrl dx cw spotting report

Jim Neiger n6tj at sbcglobal.net
Fri Mar 5 10:20:17 PST 2010

Oh the Wonderful World of Packet (WWOP)

For those who champion its existence, be careful for what you ask........... 
How sad that our beloved past-time has been relegated to this nonsense:

          (1)  someone has to tell us all as to whom was spotted the most 

          (2) someone has to tell us all who was the Champion of Spotters

          (3) we have to speak of the ilk of LZ3ND and all WWOP 

          (4) we have to worry our call was busted on a spot, and then 
withstand the flurry of dupes because some idiot can't copy code, or can't 
see his code reader

          (5) my dear friend 4L5A / D4B feels compelled to reach into his 
wallet to finance observer travels  because of the prevalence of WWOP 

Our hobby is truly much less than it once was because of packet.  Shame on 
us all.

Jim Neiger,   N6TJ  ZD8Z

From: "Barry" <w2up at comcast.net>
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:16 AM
To: "Fabian Kurz" <mail at fkurz.net>; <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] arrl dx cw spotting report

> I wonder how productive that really is, as:
> 1.  Many stations would log the ZD8, not bothering to listen for an ID.
> Was the LZ smart enough to ID with every QSO?
> and
> 2.  It will generate many dupes.
> I remember once listening to 8P2A running on 15 SSB.  Someone spotted
> him as AP2A (at a time when the band was closed to that part of the
> world) and all hell broke loose.  he had to find a new freq it got so bad.
> Barry W2UP
> Fabian Kurz wrote:
>> K1TTT <K1TTT at ARRL.NET> wrote:
>>> [LZ3ND spots]
>> This has a log tradition. LZ3ND spots some juicy DX (usually known
>> calls with one letter wrong) on his own frequency and hopes for people
>> to click on the spot and work him.
>> While this is intolerable unsportsmaklike conduct, and enough for a DQ
>> IMHO, it goes even further:
>> In the 9ACW contest last December I noticed the same, a couple of
>> times. One of the spots was for "ZD8RS"; on the frequency of
>> CT7/LZ3ND. DXsummit confirmed that it was entered from a IP-address
>> from CT. Since this was the 3rd or 4th time that night that I fell for
>> a spot by LZ3ND, I got a little mad and spotted:
>> DJ1YFK-@  7004.4 CT7/LZ3ND    not ZD8. Fake spot by LZ3ND.       0121 20 
>> Dec
>> And went back to my running frequency a few kHz higher. A few minutes
>> later, a station using the callsign "ZD8RS" (which does not exist)
>> called me! If you have heard LZ3ND's CW signal, you know the
>> characteristic sound he has. ZD8RS sounded very familiar, too. I was
>> baffled. Some people have no shame.
>> 73, Fabian DJ1YFK
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> Barry Kutner, W2UP             Lakewood, CO
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