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[CQ-Contest] Operating Suggestion for Multi-Op Contest Stations

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Operating Suggestion for Multi-Op Contest Stations
From: David Gilbert <xdavid@cis-broadband.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 13:43:02 -0700
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The comment from KY1V about a list of do's and don'ts for guest 
operators at contest stations prompts me to make another suggestion.  
I've often been surprised by the great variability in SSB signal quality 
from contest to contest, band to band within the same contest, and even 
time to time on the same band from several of the larger contest 
stations.  One of the midwest contest stations that has ALWAYS had a 
really poor signal sounded great this past weekend, and one of the 
largest east coast stations that has generally had a fine signal was so 
overdriven on 15m Sunday afternoon that they couldn't work a couple of 
loud South Americans I tuned across.

I suspect that the issue has to do with various ops trying to reset the 
gain and compression to their own voice when they plop down in the 
chair, but if I were managing one of those stations I'd try to get that 
all out of the way ahead of time and set some boundary conditions for 
settings no matter who the op. 

For what it may be worth ...

Dave   AB7E

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