[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?
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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