Special Event Spots – Courtesy or Run Amuck? 21 - September - 2009Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, DX Interests, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled.
Tags: DX, DX Clusters, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled
Have a peek of the DXScape screen shot above – Domestic Spotting of a Domestic Special Event has not only crowded out real DX Spots, but between N2CU and W2TB become virtually the only reports available to a user.
By reporting their domestic event spots every few minutes the usual DX Content has been all but pushed off the spot reports.
Given the back & forth dialogue between some of the Spot users first asking them to refrain and then name calling, these overwhelming spots are not excitement, but rather are excrement.
This is not new with the Salmon Run event, and occurs too often to make this one event a special standout, but it is an abuse of the Spot System in a way that is neither of interest to the DX hunters who use Spots nor a fair use of this limited resource. Mixed in later today were endless Route 66 Special Event Spots and another event I didn’t recognize. The Salmon Run apparently is some sort of contest as well as special event, but bluntly once these posts pushed real DX Spotting off the screen, who cares?
It isn’t as if the DX Spot community has a “channel B” to switch to.
Remember DX Spots are not Frequencies, and happen with a real cost, usually underwritten by individuals and clubs interested primarily in working DX.
The misuse by domestic special events could be likened to getting up one morning to find your driveway filled with a circus, uninvited, and being subject to their claim “well you always park here, why can’t we?”
It should be simple, they don’t own the driveway, haven’t paid for it to be built & maintained, don’t pay the taxes for it, and certainly don’t pick up a shovel to keep it clear in winter.
Perhaps the Special Event community could do with a Spot System or a way to Filter their spots for users of present systems.
I personally would really like the ability to follow Special Events this way, that is with a separate Special Events Spot System. It would be really neat and very useful, specially when working with youngsters or club members.
Short of a place to put these domestic special event and contest spots separately from DX Spots there is no resolution.
Perhaps the Amateur Radio Community can develop a more attractive place for these inappropriate spots and give everyone a good place to do their hobby?