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

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Wed Nov 30 10:17:39 EST 2022

Well that is an interesting N1MM feature.  During the times when I have
operated assisted on CW or RTTY it was very nice to see where I am spotted
by the RBN. When no spots immediately come in, either my propagation is poor
or the frequency is bad and I try something else.  I agree with Pete that
self spotting is completely different.  Could we send a fast CW CQ on phone
contests during slow times or when QSYing for RBN spots?

I still would like to know exactly where in the Sweepstakes rules does it
clearly state that self spotting IS allowed?

John KK9A

Pete Smith N4ZR wrote:

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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