[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.
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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