I wanted to clarify my earlier post and offer a correction. KE1J was indeed
also running extensively from Vermont. So there were 2 of us.
When I say that I wasn’t spotted on DX Summit, it has NOTHING to do with RBN.
I of course was picked up on RBN. It obvious within 2 of 3 CQs there is a pile
that dies down after maybe 5 – 10 mins.
What I am referring to is DX Summit. Remember DX Summit? It’s the place that
picks up the manual spots. Remember those. Those are the ones you forget to
do in the SSB contest because there is no skimmer for SSB.
It was clear, and remains clear, that there is some contingent of assisted CW
ops that are not using RBN, or there are stations in areas not easily picked up
by skimmers especially as conditions drop in the current few years.
Those that doubt it, ask yourself this? With skimmers populating bandmaps
constantly, why would you all of a sudden get what sounds like a packet cluster
pileup after having been on a frequency for over an hour? Its because it’s a
packet cluster pileup – from a manual spot. Which means that those in the
pileup are likely old fashioned packet users.
If you are an old fashioned packet user, you might want to consider spotting
what you hear.
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