The contest actually starts at 10AM pacific (1800Z) time on Saturday. Not
Good luck and see you in the contest!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Chudek - K0RC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: <email@example.com>; "Minnesota Wireless Association"
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>; <MMTTY@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 11:53 AM
Subject: [RTTY] Cutting some slack...
> 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
> 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
> 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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