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[CQ-Contest] RE: SO2R

Subject: [CQ-Contest] RE: SO2R
From: bob.naumann@gte.net (Bob Naumann - N5NJ)
Date: Wed Jan 29 12:31:23 2003
> Well, I'm going to have to disagree, Bob.  I know of at
> least one early SO2R operator who made real use of
> the capability...


I think you've confirmed what I've stated rather than refuted it.

As I said, "if anyone was able to do this without the benefit of computers, I 
would have the greatest respect for that person's dexterity and organizational 
> The capability to do effective SO2R operating is
> dependent on technology, and technology has developed
> over the years.  But my own early SO2R efforts didn't
> wait for computer logging.  I used a memory keyer...

Sure, lot's of us used keyers, and tapes, and other devices, but their primary 
role was to reduce fatigue of manually calling CQ for 48 hours - and to make 
the burden of all of the paperwork easier to handle.

> And the paperwork wasn't quite the huge burden that you
> suggest.  

Here's one we clearly disagree on.  Doing a DX contest was a huge paperwork 
burden.  At K2GL's we had dupe sheets for each band that had to be able to 
handle huge numbers of qsos.  KR2Q designed seperate large sheets for Europe, 
Japan, and the rest of the world that we used.  Shuffling these around was a 
task, and keeping track of the 20 or so log sheets that resulted was a burden.  
For a single op, it meant handling 6 sets of these documents - one set for each 
band.  W2PV had a very good method of organizing this based on folders for each 
band with the various regions dupe sheets affixed to the front, back and inside 
of the folder.  He also collected each band's log sheets in that folder.  The 
process was to grab the folder for the band you were on, and when you changed 
bands, you'd close that folder and put it away.

Of course, we all developed our won methods of dealing with all of this that 
made it manageable, but my point is really focused on all of those methods 
becoming obsolete and unnecessary thereby freeing up all of the energy and time 
that was used in doing the paperwork, now available to apply to other 


Bob N5NJ

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