[CQ-Contest] Self-spotting in-debth

V. Sidarau vs.lists at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 14:55:57 EDT 2015

I like the self-spot idea for 2 reasons, but I am not sure which of them is
more attractive.

1. No need to learn code to take part in a CW contest. As everybody spots
himself, every spot is error-free. Click on the spot, call the spotter by
pushing an F-key with your call-sign and if a reply follows, there is a QSO.
A history file will pre-fill an exchange. Isn't it great?

2. 8000 participants is a normal number of participants in a major contest
nowadays. 8000 self-spots a time is already nice, but 8000 self-spots every
10 minutes along with 30 minutes spot life will clog bandmaps and make them
totally unusable within a few minutes. Let alone cluster nods fed-up to a
limit right at the start of the contest.
The useless dead-fed bandmap may force people to forget watching spots and
learn how to rotate a tuning dial... That's also not bad.

Now. When the topic started, I thought, it could be a tongue-in-chick
statement, but there is quite a discussion ongoing... 

Gents, are you serious?




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