[CQ-Contest] N1MM's Embrace of Self-Spotting

Pete Smith N4ZR pete.n4zr at gmail.com
Tue Nov 29 21:16:19 EST 2022

In the latest release of N1MM+, a macro is added that can be put in any 
of the Entry Window buttons, effectively automating self-spotting, for 
example as each QSO is logged.  So far, at least, this option only works 
once every 10 minutes.

Tom has rejected my attempts to raise this issue on the N1MM reflector, 
so I'm trying here.    The difference between self-spotting and being 
spotted by an RBN node should be obvious - in the RBN case a transmitted 
signal has actually been heard by someone else. Making it easy to spot 
yourself every 10 minutes strikes me as a significant step away from the 
idea of only using radio to make radio contacts.

Just because you *can* do something doesn't mean you should.  It makes 
me sad that the N1MM group, of which I was proud to be a member for 
almost 15 years, should have decided to be the ones to facilitate 

73, Pete N4ZR
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