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Subject: [3830] ARRLDX SSB NT1N SOAB HP
From: nt1n@arrl.org (nt1n@arrl.org)
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 14:13:38 -0500 (EST)
                     ARRL DX Contest, SSB
Call: NT1N
Operator(s): NT1N
Station: NT1N

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 15

 Band     QSOs  Mults
  160:     10     10
   80:     33     33
   40:     45     45
   20:     73     73
   15:     82     82
   10:     93     93
Total:    336    336  =  338,688

Club: YCCC


There really are countries that you can only work through CQing! :)  I spent 
about 15 hours tuning the bands, and while that probably isn't enough time to 
draw solid conclusions about what countries don't have CQers, Of the places 
that should be workable, I never heard CQing an ES, IS0, CU, TF, OX, HL, and 
only one CX, EW, KL7, OA, SV, TA, UN, YB, and ZS.

It was also interesting to hear the various antics occurring on the bands.  I 
spent a lot of time listening to the Multi ops running stations (and hearing 
lots of good DX calling in!), and lots of time listening to huge packet 
pile-ups of the sort that drove 5Z4IC off the band.  I don't understand why 
people would use packet to subject themselves to these pile-ups time after time 
after time.  
I would tune across this huge pile-up and listen for a few minutes as a foreign 
station would slowly work guys and never give his call.  I normally don't mind 
waiting for a few QSOs for an ID, but after that it gets irritating.  And 
usually it was just another LU or PY who wouldn't give his call.  Lots of 
packet guys came and went likely without ever hearing a call--I know because I 
was there waiting for an ID!  This is risky behavior for you packet chasers.

And one conclusion that I can easily draw from my experience is that the more 
band space available for CQing the more DX stations that would CQ.  As I went 
from 10 to 15 to 20 it was harder and harder to find new stations tucked under 
all the multi-op CQ machines.

Contesting is definitely changing.  And I'm afraid of the direction of change.

Maybe we need a DXers category for contesting like this:  Use one radio, no 
CQing, no packet, no asking for band changes--see how many mults you can work 
all by yourself!  :)

73, Dave, NT1N

TS930s 87A C3S on the roof and dipoles at 40 feet.

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