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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Watch that main radio while SO2R...
From: w9wi@w9wi.com (Doug Smith W9WI)
Date: Sun Mar 4 09:47:15 2001
Interesting incident during the ARRL Phone on 15m early this morning.

Decided it was time to do some CQing.  Found a completely open frequency.
(nothing but band noise)  Asked whether it was in use.  Response: 2 seconds
of band noise.  Ask again.  Again, response: 2 seconds of band noise.

Call CQ & begin running.  (unfortunately not at a very good rate<g>)  About
5 minutes later, a W1 shows up & starts insisting it's his frequency.

Two possible explanations:

1.      He was off chasing a 2nd radio QSO & didn't listen on his run
frequency during the six seconds or so I spent trying to determine whether
it was occupied.

2.      Incredibly directional antenna and no backscatter.

Moral of the story is: if you're going to be SO2R, you *must* either pay
attention to your first radio during your Radio 2 QSOs, or you *must* be
prepared to find a new run frequency.  SO2R makes run frequencies scarcer;
people are getting less likely to surrender run spectrum they legitimately
believed was unoccupied.
Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View (Nashville), TN EM66
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