[CQ-Contest] Encouraging Spotting of SSB QSOs in Contests

Pete Smith N4ZR pete.n4zr at gmail.com
Sat Nov 19 10:44:00 EST 2022

I've been appalled by how few stations spot in phone contests, even 
though N1MM+ (and perhaps other contest logging programs) offer the 
option of spotting all S&P QSOs, regardless of mode.

It's been suggested to me that some non-assisted contest entrants may be 
deterred because of concern that they might risk disqualification if 
frequent spots attributed to them are seen on the cluster network.  If 
that's a significant deterrent, which seems somewhat credible, then 
perhaps the sponsors of the major contests should singly or collectively 
announce that the appearance of spots attributed to non-assisted 
competitors will not, by themselves, be considered  evidence of assisted 

Then how would illicit assisted operation be detected?  15 years ago, 
CT1BOH and VE5ZX authored a paper on how to identify undisclosed 
two-radio or assisted operation through log analysis.  With the 
capabilities now available to us, and the near-universal acceptance of 
open logs, it seems to me that the means exist for detecting undisclosed 
assistance without making assumptions based on spotting.

So what say, contest organizers?

73, Pete N4ZR
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