I think Randy's comments are right on the mark.
I'd also like to add that the second radio isn't very useful unless you have
another open band to use it on. That may not make sense to guys in the South,
but up here it's not unusual to have only one band with reasonable propagation
and that's it. More commonly you can't CQ successfully on any band, so now
you're trying to S&P with two radios at the same time. That's a lot harder (at
least for me) than the more typical arrangement where one radio is for running
and the other is for S&P.
Man do we need sunspots or what?
73 Steve K0SR
>From: Randy Thompson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 09:46 AM
>To: ''J. Allen'', email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] SO2R-SO1R from The Yukon??
>Even though everyone loves to talk about SO2R and the advantages it brings,
>but it is not easy (or always an advantage).
>SO2R works best when you have a slow and steady run on one band and want to
>be able to chase multipliers or QSOs on a second band. It also makes it a
>little easier to change bands since you can stay on top of propagation and
>find a clear frequency before you jump.
>I made a comment in the Contest University at Dayton this year that needs to
>be said. If you aren't getting everything you can out of one radio, then it
>isn't worth the effort to add a second radio. How can you tell? If you find
>that you are bored while running people and have brain capacity left to read
>a magazine or watch TV, then you are ready to add another challenge. SO2R
>can give you something to do and it is fun to learn.
>Step 1 is to get SO2R capable. This means two radios and a switching sytem
>for headphones and keyer/mic. You will need antennas with some separation
>or some filters/stubs to keep from blowing up receivers.
>Once you have the infrastructure, then you can proceed to getting used to
>doing two things at the same time. I recommend RTTY as a great way to learn
>SO2R and practice since it removes the brain function of copying and lets
>you focus on the mechanics of moving between radios.
>There is no web site or book you can read on how to do SO2R. It is a
>learned skill that requires some practice. But, it is a great way to make
>contesting more fun.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: email@example.com
>> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of J. Allen
>> Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 4:51 AM
>> To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: [CQ-Contest] SO2R-SO1R from The Yukon??
>> Hello All,
>> -Would it be of any advantage to try to set up the FT-990 and
>> the TS450, as an SO2R station for CQP, and the SS pair from The Yukon?
>> -Is the hardware setup for S02R much like what is required
>> for multi-multi?
>> -Does someone know of a good website which will show what is required?
>> -What are the standard operating tricks, if any?
>> -Would struggles with concentration and memory remove the
>> SO2R benefits?
>> J., VY1JA
>> vy1ja (at) northwestel (dot) net
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