There sure aren't MORE JA's on the band to work. Must be they are
reaching 50's and too busy making money. ???
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Thompson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "CQ Contest" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 5:08 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] 1966 vs 2006
> My Drake R4A modified at Drake to the R4B was a great receiver. No phase
> noise or birdies and when I moved to Atlanta the receiver proved to
> the local QRM of 3 contestants within a 3 mile radius.
> I also had a Galaxy III that I used mobile and it would hear S1 signals
> the 300 watt trasmitter would not reach. Again no phase noise and no
> birdies but a local station would make the whole thing jump.
> In 1966 you could operate the ARRL or CQ WW and be pushed to make 30 or 40
> contacts per hour at peak. Why? because there were a lot fewer
> and even casual Dx operators. I remember that in 1967 I was pushed to put
> in a few hours as I was in the middle of a strenous Graduate semester at
> College. I had just put up the big quad that W5HVV described in QST. It
> was a killer on 15 and the band was loaded with those 20 watt JA stations.
> I ran thru a couple hundred JA's quickly.
> In 1988 I operated from N4HOH and all we had was a TH7 and 2 el Cushcraft
> plus a 160 half loop for a mult antenna. I ran several nours of Europe
> S79, 5Z4 FH8 etc thrown in for variety each morning on 10. This with hand
> logging! My best hour was 190.
> Now when the band is open W3LPL will run well over 300 per hour. Even on
> SSB K4XS easily runs 150 per hour. I can remember in 1979 operating with
> call from N4RJ that working 300 QSOs was a feat and good enough to be the
> High USA score.
> There is just flat out more stations available to work!
> Dave K4JRB
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