[CQ-Contest] When do we spot? Should it be required?

Peter Dougherty (W2IRT) contesting at w2irt.net
Tue Oct 27 16:27:03 EDT 2015

It may be a little distasteful to ask for a spot, but I think what will
happen is those who abuse the priviledge will become known as lids and
probably called out for it by their peers. And if you think about it, the
only reason you'd ask to be spotted is if you're only getting one or two
callers a minute - or less - almost to the point that switching to
point-and-shoot would improve rate. When I'm spotted and beaming to Europe
I'll have a massive snarling pileup within 30 seconds that will take about
10 or 15 minutes to work down. Asking to be spotted again will only add to
the bedlam and reduce rate. Ditto self-spotting. 

I'm sure there's a balance between anything goes and no solicitation to spot
or self spotting and that's what I'd like to see. I sure don't want to see
the cluster become an flashing advertising billboard for a couple of
prolific spotters (complete with idiotic comments added) but at the same
time, modest stations like me (and thousands of others globally) might get
some better scores posted and work more stations as a result.

Peter, W2IRT


-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
Michael Adams
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 1:56 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] When do we spot? Should it be required?

Although I'm firmly of the opinion that if a rule doesn't make sense anymore
it ought to be removed, the idea of run stations starting to throw out
"please spot me" at the end of every nth exchange feels... distasteful to
me.  (And I am an unabashed lover of assistance!)

Self spotting feels even more distasteful.

Perhaps before calling for such changes there ought to be an attempt by the
Committee, clubs, and community to encourage greater use of the automatic
spot on S&P feature?

Michael Adams | mda at n1en.org

-------- Original message --------
From: Randy Thompson K5ZD <k5zd at charter.net>
Date: 2015/10/26 21:29 (GMT-06:00)
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] When do we spot? Should it be required?

I am not sure where the prohibition against asking to be spotted came from.
Perhaps it is time to remove that from the rules?  Or go even one step more
and allow self-spotting.

We sure noticed the lack of rate until after a spot here at PJ4Q this

Randy, K5ZD

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