I spent 80% of my time this past weekend pointing ~300 degrees. 75% of my QSO's
were with Asia (mostly JA). I work hard to hear any non-JA stations. E21EIC was
the only station in the log (twice) from Thailand.E21EIC had a massive pileup
There are a *lot* of W6/W7 stations that look west for rate much of the contest.
Are you beaming to the West coast?
From: Eric Gruff <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:17 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Why few "odd" mults around
Charly (and other non-EU stations),
I can appreciate your concerns about the Europe-centric focus of some
stations during contests. Being on the West Coast of the US, Europe is often
not "in range" for me during large chunks of contest time, and I can assure
you that I swing the beam west to look for Asia, etc. Stations on the
Pacific Rim and throughout Asia are much more prominent for us Left Coasters
than are EU stations, and the East Coast US stations can blow the best
California stations out of the water to Europe due to the 3000 mile
I promise to spend a lot of time looking for Asian and African stations
during contests, but please don't go away! Many of my unworked DXCC entities
and band-entities are outside of Europe.
73 - Eric NC6K
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of
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,
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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