[VHFcontesting] Assistance in the VHF Contest

Chuck Dietz w5prchuck at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 21:07:54 EDT 2015

Seems to me that giving your grid in a self spot might be viewed as
"facilitating" the contact.

Chuck W5PR

On Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 5:39 PM, James Duffey <jamesduffey at comcast.net>

> I am not sure what others, particularly rovers, are doing for assistance
> in the upcoming contest. I have some questions and comments.
> 0. Does anyone this list run a skimmer that feeds into the RBN? Can or
> will you operate it on 6M during the contest?
> 1. Will there be any, well more than a few, RBN (skimmer) stations serving
> 6M spots during the contest?
> 2. Will these skimmers capture not only the default CW band from 50.080 to
> 50.100, but also the lower part of the SSB band? I know that the skimmers
> can’t decode and spot SSB, but if they can monitor the SSB band, a quick CW
> CQ from an SSB OP before calling CQ on voice would get one spotted, right?
> And if you did it every 10 minutes or so, that would keep you spotted,
> right?
> 3. I think a cluster filter setting like “Set dx filter spotterstate=nm
> and (band=6 or band=2)” will feed me spots only from NM and only on 6M and
> 2M. I have been trying this, but there is no activity here now, so I don’t
> see anything on the cluster, but at least the cluster didn’t barf up my
> filter setting.
> 4. A self spot is the same as a regular spot, so I would send something
> like  “DX KK6MC/r 50.147 DM74”
> I am going to use my iPhone as a hot spot to access the internet, and also
> use it to generate APRS spots. I will also check the MUF maps on DX Maps
> for openings. What are others doing? - Duffey KK6MC
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