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[3830] ARRL Sep VHF KF2MR/R Rover LP

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Subject: [3830] ARRL Sep VHF KF2MR/R Rover LP
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Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 12:06:04 +0000
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                    ARRL September VHF Contest - 2021

Call: KF2MR/R
Operator(s): KF2MR
Station: KF2MR/R

Class: Rover LP
Operating Time (hrs): 19

 Band  QSOs  Mults
    6:   36     9
    2:   54    16
  222:   50    15
  432:   47    94
  903:   36   108
  1.2:   31    10
  2.3:   19     8
  3.4:   10     4
  5.7:    4     2
  10G:   13     5
Total:  300    98  Total Score = 65,562

Club: Rochester VHF Group


I enjoyed the contest. It was a somewhat relaxed effort and a nice change of
pace. It was great to have so many fixed stations in our region I could rely on
for Q's in each grid. Off the top of my head I remember N2JMH, N2WK, K2TER,
N2MKT, VE3DS, VE3ZV, and KD2LGX as contacted on at least 5+ bands from multiple
grids.  In contrast I only had two notable rovers in the log. NF2RS/R provided
some nice FN23 grids I didn't get anywhere else and VE3OIL/R provided a HUGE
boost for me with over 30 Q's and 22 unique multipliers. 

I have reflected on the FT-x debate over the past couple of years. I avoided the
mode this time and have in many other contests because I somehow believed what I
was reading that this was causing problems for contesting. Somehow it is blamed
for all the problems we have in this hobby, even those problem that existed
before FT-x was in use! I tried it in the past and thought it worked well.
However most of my contacts came from some form of outside assistance with many
of them only possible through text messaging. These "private" messages
led to hundreds of contacts that boosted my score substantially. This has been
the case for several years. After reflection, I now believe that the FT-x
argument I have been reading is garbage. I called CQ nearly a hundred times on
SSB and perhaps a dozen times on CW. None of my calls on 6m were answered, and
perhaps only 6 calls were answered on 2m. I estimate that only 22% of my
contacts came from calling CQ or responding to a CQ and this includes the
related contacts as we worked up the bands. This is not a new phenomenon, pretty
much the way it is for many rovers. While I resorted to making contacts with
phone calls and text messages, others were using FT-x to call CQ
"publicly" on a known frequency and receiving real and unscheduled
responses. It is impossible for me to say that my text assisted CW contacts are
any better or more legitimate than a random FT-x contact initiated by calling
CQ. Its also impossible for me to say that making contacts in a parking lot with
another rover on 10 bands is somehow better or more legitimate than responding
to a CQ on FT-x. My new opinion is that FT-x solves more problems than it
creates and it will likely be a more common mode in my rover in the future.

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