On occasion I read of someone bashing spotting on the interwebby. The typical objection is 'that wasn't the way we did it years ago'. Ok, I've been on a while and they are right - it wasn't done that way years ago. It does take the frustration out of the equation of not knowing that some station you would have liked to work is actually on the bands. I for one find real value in that. There are occasions when a station is so weak I wouldn't even make an attempt to copy them. Knowing that there is one I want, on a specific frequency, encourages me to make the attempt to find him. There have been several stations I've worked in that way. The most recent was early this AM on 40 CW. XR0YD was spotted. He was really in the mud at 4 AM. So much so that I couldn't even copy his call reliably. So I made out some qsl cards while waiting and about a half hour later listened again. There he was Q5 copy but only S1. He was running thru JA's - that I could not hear at all - and I thought I would have zero chance of snagging him. It only took a few calls Must be my super fan dipole oriented 90 degrees the wrong way. The point is I would normally just scan the band and finding nothing qsy to another. Does using this spotting site make the contact any less genuine?