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To: Andy Faber <andrewfaber@ymail.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] N6TJ AXIOMS OF LIFE
From: Bill Coleman <aa4lr@arrl.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 23:17:22 -0400
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On Jul 17, 2010, at 9:40 PM, Andy Faber wrote:

> The worst offenders, are the big USA  multi stations that seem to jump 
> instantly on any packet spot.  If you ignore them, because you know they are 
> a dupe, then they just keep calling until you --again--
> put them in the log, no matter how carefully you send your call over and
> over.  Most of them simply seem not to listen.

As a some-time operator at NQ4I over the last 10 or 12 years, I can understand 
half of this. At a M/M, if a band is open, you've got at least one or two 
operators on the band. One will be running, the other will be searching for 
multipliers, or just plain contacts of any kind. This second operator, the mult 
operator, will be using any possible source for contacts, including the 
cluster. If anything interesting is spotted, you can bet the mult operator will 
jump right on it.

The second part, however, I don't get. A good operator verifies all packet 
spots BEFORE calling. This is often a frustrating experience when the DX 
decides to identify every second Tuesday. It's made worse by poor operators who 
continue to call and call and call when the DX is obviously working someone 

Any M/M is pretty well-equipped, so they'll often be the first to work a new 
spot, for sure. But, there's no point in racing to work a spot unless you've 
verified it is actually something new.


There is one mitigating factor here. I have experienced it a few times -- 
sometimes the DX stations have something amiss with their keying. Even if they 
are signing their calls, they may not be sending the same thing every time. 

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr@arrl.net
Web: http://boringhamradiopart.blogspot.com
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