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Re: [RTTY] Cutting some slack...

To: "Robert Chudek - K0RC" <k0rc@pclink.com>, <cq-contest@contesting.com>, "Minnesota Wireless Association" <mwa@w0aa.org>, <rtty@contesting.com>, <MMTTY@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [RTTY] Cutting some slack...
From: "Jim W7RY" <w7ry@arrl.net>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 12:16:33 -0800
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The contest actually starts at 10AM pacific (1800Z)  time on Saturday. Not 
this evening.

Good luck and see you in the contest!

Jim W7RY

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Chudek - K0RC" <k0rc@pclink.com>
To: <cq-contest@contesting.com>; "Minnesota Wireless Association" 
<mwa@w0aa.org>; <rtty@contesting.com>; <MMTTY@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 11:53 AM
Subject: [RTTY] Cutting some slack...

> Contesters,
> I am seeing a lot of pre-contest reflector activity by fellows trying to 
> get setup for the ARRL RTTY Roundup that kicks off this evening. Hams are 
> working through the problems of new (to them) software, interfacing to 
> their radio, how to tune a RTTY station, missing COM ports and USB 
> connectivity, solid carriers - no diddles, upside down RX or TX... all the 
> hurdles that everyone overcomes when they first setup for RTTY contesting.
> I expect a bundle of new callsigns will be decoded on my screen this 
> weekend. That said, I also expect there will be some "rough edges" as 
> these new RTTY operators engage in this mode for the first time. If you 
> think the bands were *packed* last year, I expect it will be even tighter 
> this year. A good set of 250 Hz filters will be a requisite. If not, at 
> least moving to the extreme ends of the band to avoid the crowd in the 
> middle.
> My suggestion is for us old-timers to cut some slack and throttle the 
> criticism of all the "poor operating" experienced during this contest. Be 
> thankful there will be more callsigns and operators to work this year. 
> Sometimes I find humor in my self inflicted *fumbles*. This contest is not 
> life-or-death, it's supposed to be *fun*. Well... it's not life-or-death 
> for *most* of us!
> In any case, I hope to see you on the bands and put your callsign in my 
> log!
> 73 de Bob - KØRC in MN
> P.S. Be on the lookout for Ruff, K9SEX and if you do work him... throw him 
> a bone!
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