Friday, October 2, 2015

Plagiarism and Fake Radio Reception Reports?

Plagiarism and fake radio reception reports? Yessiree. There are a few DXers out there who in the pursuit of a QSL have the gall to fabricate a reception report. The phenomenon, if it can be called that, is nothing new. It is as old as radio itself.

Why address the subject? Well, a few days back a fellow DXer and free-radio operator called it to my attention. He informed me of an individual who, apparently after reading my blog entry for his station, decided to pass off a reception report as his own. The station alerted me and promptly asked the guy to submit an audio file of the transmission. Guess what? He couldn't produce it.

Wait a minute! He could have sourced the Internet for an audio file and produced a sample, right? It does happen. I actually had one young man do just that. He submitted files of WWV and CHU on frequencies for times normally not received in his quarter, yet he tried to pass them off as genuine. How did I know the files were fake, aside from the obvious physics? The audio files -- stolen from a fellow radio listener -- still had the original Box and Soundcloud names attached to them.

Even with the advent of remote web-receivers some DXers attempt to pass off the remote RX location as their home RX  location. A diligent station engineer/operator will immediately recognise this for what it is -- a bogus or less than accurate report. Why hide the obvious fact? There is no shame in stating the actual RX location, even if it is remotely observed. Simply keep one's home and remote QSLs in separate categories. Be honest.

Now, it is possible to submit a reception report to a station, honestly believing it is a particular broadcaster. The time, frequency and language of the broadcaster all seem to be the station. Unfortunately after either submitting a report or further listening, usually days later, one discovers the error. It happens. I have done it more than a few times myself over the decades. Yet, I will fess up and duly note my error.

Folks, honesty is more priceless than any QSL, however prized it may be. No DX contest for X number of stations, X number of countries is worth sacrificing one's integrity. Be patient and diligent in DXing. It's like fishing. It takes time, calculation and patience. And the results are far more rewarding when one knows it was a genuine catch.

Happy DXing!!!

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