>>Also, I'm sure everybody's in the assisted category as there are no
>>ops" left in DXing with all using packet for the last 8 years anyway I'm
> Nope. There is at least one left. Me.
Make no mistake, I don't like packet. However, when setting up for my first
ever serious multi-single (ARRL 10M) at my own station, I figured I'd better
get on packet, because it would simply be suicide to attempt it without
My station is out in the country. There is no phone. I like it that way.
So I dug out an old 2M rig and an old TNC which I bought but never used, and
got it all working and then put up a little yagi on one of the towers and
tried to find a signal.
There is no packetcluster available at my QTH. There is no packet network
any more in Oklahoma. Well there you are. Now, in order to be competitive
I have to get Internet to my shack and I don't even have a damn phone.
Anyway, we committed suicide and it appears we came in 7th (ARRL 10M)
without packet. That's gotta be good for something.
There's a new stanza in there for Matt's poem somewhere.