I would say that they simply zero beat poorly.
If you are running at a good rate, I wouldn't move to accomodate the
callers. They seem to be calling just fine, no?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pete Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, September 01, 2002 9:31 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] RIT offset as QRM clue
> I've been wondering. When running in contests, I've noticed that sometimes
> stations answering tend to be .1-.2 kHz higher or lower than my
> frequency. When this pattern emerges, if I check in the "opposite
> direction" I quite often find a relatively loud signal close to my
> frequency on that side.
> I'm guessing that people are tuning me in and tending to "lean" away from
> the QRM, and it often seems as if I can improve my run rate by shifting
> frequency a little in the direction that the majority of callers are
> "coming from."
> Am I just describing something that everyone else knows about, or am I all
> wet, or is this useful?