Thanks for the reply. Of course, I shouldn't tar all multis, or all
operators at multis, with the same brush, and I admit that the DX station's
operating habits can exacerbate the situation.
I'm not suggesting getting rid of packet spotting, but less blind (or
deaf)-calling would certainly be helpful at times. It is quite clear that
some operators do not verify packet spots before calling, as you suggest a
good operator will do.
73, Andy, AE6Y, P49Y
From: "Bill Coleman" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2010 8:17 PM
To: "Andy Faber" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "Kenneth Silverman" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] N6TJ AXIOMS OF LIFE
> 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
>> 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 else.
> 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
> Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: email@example.com
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