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Re: [CQ-Contest] A Newcomers Question

To: "Dave Sloan" <desloan@earthlink.net>, <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] A Newcomers Question
From: "Per Eklund" <per.e@kommunicera.umea.se>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 13:44:34 +0100
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If its from your own country, it may be that the QSO is worth zero points for 
the other station.
Then he maybe does not reply, because he have his attention to DX.

If you call a European station who is 59+20dB you have the fight with Europeans 
who might be
59 + 40 on his s-meter. The QRM level from the sides may be S9 + 20 on his 
Maybe its morning at your side and the band just starting to open up and you 
hear some strong Europeans
on 20m. In Europe its a fully crowded band in the afternoon with signal levels 
rarely below S9+30dB anywhere.
Signals coming from Europe, NA, Africa and Asia at the sime time.

Try call EU in the afternoon on 20m your local time, the QRM level here is much 
lower because most EU stations
is no longer heard here. The problem for you might be a crowded 20m in NA at 
local afternoon, am i right?

To avoid such problems, try to use the highest band possible, then the QRM 
level at the other station is
hopefully limited to those who call him. 15 and 10 are much easier to do 
DX-QSOs on SSB than the lower bands.
Unfortunally its solar minimum now, 10m will be much better in a few years.

73 Per SM2LIY / SM2M

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Sloan" <desloan@earthlink.net>
To: <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 7:15 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] A Newcomers Question

> Why is it during contests that I can hear a station at say 20db over S9 and
> that they never hear me. I had thought that it was my poor antenna
> installation. But, yesterday I was talking with a friend that has a tower
> and beam and he says they same thing happens to him. If this were just a one
> time occurrence I would chalk it up to the other station just not having any
> ears. But this happens numerous times during every contest that I have
> worked. I can hear the other station working all sorts of other stations. I
> have tuned in of the frequency of the station they are working and then
> called them on that frequency. I've called maybe 25 or 30 times over a 5 to
> 10 minute timeframe. I have heard the same station at different times during
> the contest and on different bands and yet every time I try to work them
> they don't hear me. Can someone please explain what I am doing wrong.
> TNX & 73,
> Dave N0EOP
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