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Re: [CQ-Contest] What contributes to your score the most?

To: w2lc@twcny.rr.com, widelitz@gte.net, cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] What contributes to your score the most?
From: Jimk8mr@aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2011 16:54:53 EST
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Hi Scott,
I'm not clear if you are using one radio, or two. With a tribander stack I  
suspect one.
Having a second radio will help, though not so much in the sense that the  
really good guys can run on one and find and work mults on the other. More 
like  it makes things a lot easier to check other bands to determine what is  
happening.  Is 15 open to EU? Are the Europeans loud on 40 yet?
The other thing that will help your score is lots of operating time, better 
 many small portions than a few big portions. Though not the operating 
style of  DX contests, the Thursday evening NS sprints (0230-0300z) will give 
you a lot of  practice in high speed CW operating, which may let you boost 
your speed and rate  during prime DX contest openings. There are lots of other 
"minor" contests  that will let you keep your head in shape for when the big 
ones come.
I agree that a new radio will make you feel good, but of itself not be a  
huge improvement.
73   -   Jim  K8MR
In a message dated 2/12/2011 3:42:10 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
w2lc@twcny.rr.com writes:

Ken,  Just to let you know I was not insulted at  all.


>From the responses I received there are quite  a few contesters out there 
that are using older radios like I am. Nice to know  that I am not alone. 
Sure I would like band decoders and amplfiers that  actually run 1500W, I have 
been looking at the FT-2000's, looks like about  $3500 with a few 
accessories added.

Having an older radio is like  living in a less than optimum location, you 
work with what you have. I see a  lot of guys putting in some excellent 
scores with stations and locations I am  sure they would like to improve.

My next addition will either be a new  radio of perhaps some newer yagi's. 
I am currently using 3 stacked  tri-banders. For what they are they work 
pretty well.

So here is a  question for everyone. My CQWW CW best is: QSOs 2543, Zones 
132, Cntrys 425,  Score before log checking 4,077,797. 40 hours of operating 
time. How much does  a new radio improve on that score? Does a new FT-2000 
put me over 5 million?  over 6 million?

Was the radio really the limiting factor? I say a brand  new radio would 
not have changed that score all that much.

73  Scott W2LC

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