[CQ-Contest] cq self spot

Barry Merrill w5gn at mxg.com
Sun Feb 26 11:43:26 EST 2017

There's an even bigger difference; actual spots from hams or RBN convey propagation information, self spots.don't.

Barry, W5GN

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Jorge Diez - CX6VM
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 7:57 AM
To: Charles Harpole <hs0zcw at gmail.com>
Cc: CQ-Contest Reflector <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] cq self spot

There's a big difference

The first one improve your skills, you must learn about propagation, know where to point your antennas, etc etc etc

The other one not

So what's next, why we use radios? If we can do all over internet, no qsb, no qrn, we do not need to spend time and money building stations and improving with better antennas, just connect to internet, choose a nickname more funny than our callsigns and go...

For DX what´s the next step?  JT65 with a software that do the QSOs alone for us while we are working?


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> El 26 feb. 2017, a las 08:08, Charles Harpole <hs0zcw at gmail.com> escribió:
> What is the difference between a CQ and a self spot?
> Both call attention to you, both announce your desire for contacts, 
> both are self-promoting.
> We in SEAsia seem seldom spotted in contests, maybe  due to our low 
> numbers or remoteness or something.  Out of contests, if I did not 
> spot myself, I could call CQ for a long time because few tune around, 
> I guess.  If I have an hr to enjoy contacts and do not want to waste 
> the first half hour calling CQ, I send in my own spot.
> In contests, why would non-mechanized spots be sent out--that is, why 
> would a fellow competitor help anyone find the gem he found and thus 
> helping others score better?
> I like the ham spirit, but other than bragging ("Look who I just 
> worked!"), and ham generosity, why spot at all?
> 73
> Charly, HS0ZCW
> PS, do big clubs have private, members only, spotting facilities?
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