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

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Wed Nov 30 10:01:05 EST 2022

Even so... and I am not by any means defending self-spotting...
The user still has to enable the macro in order to use it.  It's not "automatic"
But just because you can do something, doesn't mean that you should.  So for all contests that restrict or ban self-spotting, even if the capability (like it or not) is there, it is still on the station op to behave responsibly and ethically and not implement the capability.
In short, just because the capability is there, and the macro makes it easier to use, doesn't mean that someone should "accidentally" use it.  
73, ron w3wn.  

-----Original Message-----
From: Pete Smith N4ZR <pete.n4zr at gmail.com>
To: reflector cq-contest <CQ-Contest at Contesting.COM>
Sent: Wed, Nov 30, 2022 9:04 am
Subject: [CQ-Contest] N1MM's Embrace of Self-Spotting

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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