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Re: [CQ-Contest] SO2R Category

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] SO2R Category
From: ku8e@bellsouth.net
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 15:29:47 +0000
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N5OT wrote :

N5OT (me) says:
I don't believe this for a second.  There are plenty of guys with more stuff 
and bigger stations than I have whom I beat regularly.  But more importantly 
there are a number who also trounce me regularly with less stuff and smaller 
stations.  You're kidding yourself if you believe the only reason someone 
beat you was because you were out-hardwared.  You may have also been 


  That's true up to a point.  I'm probably like you that if I have the right 
combination of a good station to operate and good location my ego takes over 
and I feel like I have a chance to beat anyone.

 Someone who is in my situation running wires and small amp has the odds 
stacked against them and you realistically can't compete with an equal operator 
to yourself that would have a tower and a beam. I too regularly have higher 
scores than those who have me out-hardwared. As frustrating as it can be that 
doesn't stop me from still trying.  I always seem to do especially well in the 
CW Sprint.  IMO that is THE contest that separates the really good contesters 
from everyone else in the pack. Just look at the USA WRTC roster just to prove 
my point.

Now if I was running a KW and a 60 ft tower with a nice tribander and 2 el 40 
meters beam at home 
that would be different and I would be closer to agreeing with your point. But 
even that type of
setup is small compared to what many serious contesters have. Hardware plays a 
big role buts its not everything as you pointed out....

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