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Re: [CQ-Contest] QRP Contesting - WAE Fun!!!

Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QRP Contesting - WAE Fun!!!
From: John Laney <k4bai@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 15:10:57 -0400
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I doubt that statistics on logging accuracy over the past few years 
would suggest anything about people's ability to zero beat and therefore 
make QSOs.  I have often worked people who are much more than 400 hz off 
frequency on CW and some on SSB who are several khz off and I find them 
only because of splatter that seems to come on every time I stand by for 
a call.  Many people have no idea of how to set their offsets and others 
just forget about the RIT or clarifier having been used before.  Every 
time I change rigs, I have to get a local friend on an 80 meter CW 
traffic net to tell me where my signal is when I think I am zero beat to 
his so I can adjust the RIT/clarifier on my rig accordingly.  Some guys 
don't seem to understand that they can compensate for their rigs and 
their ears not being in sync by the regular use of the RIT/clarifier 
when they are calling other stations.  Of course, there may be a few 
rigs that still disengage the RIT/clarifier when the frequency is 
changed and those with such a rig have even more of a challenge to get 
on the frequency of the station being called.

But, the reason that statistics for recent years wouldn't tell us 
anything is that the logchecking for accuracy has so significantly 
improved in recent years, resulting in operators' being more careful in 
logging, that it would offset any trend to the contrary by people who 
don't know how to operate their transceivers and "zero beat" the station 
they are calling.


John, K4BAI.
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