For a small gun like me, even if I was assisted this time... It is far more
productive to tune THE BAND myself rather than just clicking the spots.
On average when calling on a spot, I had to wait 5-6 QSOs before getting
through. When finding stations myself without the spot, I rarely had to
wait more than 1 QSO before I had the station in the log.
It is far more efficient to find stations alone than relying on cluster
spots - at least if you are not using a 6 element monobander and 5 kW in
Europe... Too much power abuse in contesting nowadays, especially from
Western and Eastern Europe! I was laughing so many times when I heard
59150 from some guys.... Dont they realize it is only STUPID to pretend
being Low Power... Everyone with some experience realize who is who..
73 de Mats RM2D (SM6LRR)
1 kW and 2 element Hexbeam at 18 meters deep beyond the European wall...
Used to be beaten by 100W PA, ON, DL, G and F with G5RV....
2016-03-07 15:53 GMT+03:00 Barry N1EU <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Based on my experience this weekend, I've got to question whether more than
> a handful of assisted European operators even tune the bands, rather than
> just click on spots. Not sure if assisted American operators were any
> 73, Barry N1EU
> > Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 12:32:37 -0500 (EST)
> > From: email@example.com
> > An unexpected side effect of CW Skimmers in CW DX contests
> > is that many operators no longer spot DX stations in any DX
> > contest. Good sportsmanship suggests that if you use DX spots
> > this weekend you should also contribute at least as many DX spots.
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