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Re: [CQ-Contest] Why few "odd" mults around

To: "'Charles Harpole'" <hs0zcw@gmail.com>, "'CQ-Contest Reflector'" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Why few "odd" mults around
From: "Rick Kiessig" <kiessig@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:29:16 +1300
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One way to help encourage US ops to turn their antennas in our direction is
by generating more spots from this part of the world. The most effective way
to do that currently is to run Skimmer Server with a QS1R receiver and a
multi-band antenna, and send the output to the RBN.

Another advantage of running a local RBN node is that you can use the
reported spots to identify stations that are more likely to be able to hear
you, and then focus on them rather than the "masses."

I setup an RBN node in ZL a while back, and I do think it's making a
difference -- but we still have a small number of Skimmer servers in this
part of world compared to EU and US. Here's a link to a map of RBN nodes
that have been active over the last few days:


If you could get one going in HS, it would be helpful for the whole region!

73, Rick ZL2HAM

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of
Charles Harpole
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 1:42 PM
To: CQ-Contest Reflector
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Why few "odd" mults around

In all ARRL DX contests, I am an "odd" mult here in Thailand.  I would like
to work these contests more, and feel my semi-rare mult status would be
especially appreciated to work, but I operate these contests very little due
to boredom.  I suspect other "wanted" mults in my situation react the same

To enjoy ARRL contests, I have to be heard in the USA.  Even with some
positive propagation, USA is beaming exclusively to EU and I can not be
Too, few USA look for and beam my way except for short times, usually late
in the contest.  Well, I must tell you, it is no fun to wait around for the
occasional USA station to work because of these trends.  Thus, I just go off
to the WARC bands and skip ARRL contests.

I think my situation is similar to all of SA, Africa, VK/ZL, and parts of
Asia.  So, USA operators, if you miss we "odd" mults, you will find us on
the WARC bands actually making contacts instead of snoozing and waiting for
an ARRL contest contact.

C U in the CQ contests.  73,

Charly, HS0ZCW

P.S.  Way too many times I have called a loud USA station calling CQ Contest
to have no response.  Reasons are 1. he is beaming away from me or 2. he is
on another band making contacts and what I am calling on my band is just a
robot holding a freq.  No surprise, then, that I QSY to WARC bands.

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