I just did a little experiment after I spotted OK2BWP/P on OK/VY-024. Having heard him presumably on his first CQ, we had a quick QSO and I double checked his REF. Then I spotted him. Obviously the spot worked, as the usual huge pileup followed… I continued to listen.
Not once for the next 20 minutes, until the pileup vanished, did he send his reference again and not a single person asked him for it. It would seem everybody who worked him relied on the information I had put in my spot and were quite happy that it was correct… My ears are as fallible as others when signals are weak as they often are.
I wonder if we are relying too much on the spotting network. OK, great it creates a good stream of stations for the activator, but if everybody is getting the REFs, or even the callsigns, from the spots, it makes it all a bit questionable…
73 Dave G3YMC