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Re: [CQ-Contest] Not real SO2R nor SO5R

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Not real SO2R nor SO5R
From: Pete Smith N4ZR <n4zr@contesting.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:43:34 -0500
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Charly, I don't think that is right. I'm sure there are many SO2R operators who are using software (as TRLog used to do) which will resume CQing when not actively transmitting on the second band. This gives the illusion that the op is listening on the run frequency while he works S&P on another band, and I don't particularly like it, but in a contest with a short exchange a good SO2R op will not be AWOL on the run frequency for very long. Now, potty breaks are another issue entirely :-) .

As for the short pauses between CQs ... it's been my experience that many/most operators rely on timing to determine whether a station is calling them or someone else near the same frequency. If they don't hear you *start* your reply in the first half-second or so, they conclude that you weren't calling them. Once they have reached that conclusion, there's no reason not to resume the CQ.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 2/18/2013 8:04 PM, Charles Harpole wrote:
Way too many SO2R operations are fake.  That is, too often, the robot CQ
machine is left on only to hold a frequency while the live operator is
running on a different band.  Even with the cursed Skimmer and other
automated nonsense, it is very difficult to work a robot.  I can hear the
robot station, but no one is at home there.

I hear many contest CQs that leave so little listening time between CQ
transmissions that sending my call sign takes longer than his listening
pause.  Ah ha, a robot.

I guess there are stations equipped to hold frequencies with a robot on
SEVERAL bands at once.

With Skimmers, fake spots, SO5R, multiple remote stations, log-washing, and
other polution operations, today is certainly not my simple fun teenage
years of ham radio contesting (1950s).  73,

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