Maybe another way to put that: in a 48 hour contest, you can bet some
significant number of contacts will individually qualify as marginal
conditions (as in QRP & indoor antennas), and the 2 db will apply.
--- Pete Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> At 11:56 AM 9/6/01 -0700, K2AV wrote:
> >In marginal conditions, such as daytime on the lower bands, or at
> >edges of a skip zone, etc, where the signal is at or in the noise,
> >adding 2 db to your signal is helpful. For certain digital modes,
> >can go from no-copy to copy in 2 db's. The intended use and the time
> >and frequency of intended use will dictate whether it will matter.
> >people do some operating in marginal conditions, and it will help.
> Another angle to consider. 1-2 dB better signal may not be
> discernible on
> any given QSO. But over the course of a 48-hour DX contest, it may
> several dozen more European QRP stations with indoor dipoles in noisy
> locations get into the log, because those couple of dB can make the
> difference between your CQ being heard and not.
> 73, Pete N4ZR
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73 & GL
Guy Olinger, K2AV
Apex, NC, USA
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