this topic has been beaten over and over and over on
CQ-Contest...but like every other time I will contribute $ .02...
You have an individual with one set of gray matter sitting in a chair -
hem and he alone is responsible for making as many QSOs show up in the
log. He realizes he wastes a good deal of time calling CQ in the sense
that he could be doing something else while the computer was calling CQ
- like listening for new QSOs on say another band... He wires his audio
from two stations into the headset and he through practice can discern
one from the other and after practice real time finds his contact and
especially his multiplier totals go up - is there another person in the
shack - no - hence it is still single op. If you can do this well
enough that it does not impare your performance had you just ran one
radio you have achived a higher level of operator ability - taken it to
the next xstep - went from brown belt to black belt - whatever... and -
you should not in any way be penalized for developing your mind to one
which is better able to handle so much data!
If a guy can do SO2R, he should be congratulated and this talk of
unfairness is balderdash - the issue is not the equipment ability -
everyone can borrow a second radio, etc.... the thing that makes this an
asset to the competitor is he is scanning more things simultaneouly with
his BRAIN, his gray cells are doing more!
As far as the packett arguement that is pure crap - and totally
unrelated. Utilizing Packett is the same as having another op (or
several hundted ops?) in the shack with you - telling you where
something needed is.... no longer is it one operator derviving all the
info by himself!
I am not saying the category is illegitimate - only that when you add
packett you are in essence a multi-op entry and as such lumping you with
those who do NOT use packett is unfair.
I think I have said this about 10 times before over the years on this
reflector - but - they say new guys are always signing up so.... there's