|Subject:||Re: [CQ-Contest] Spotting - not|
|From:||W0MU Mike Fatchett <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:15:30 -0600|
V3M here,I noticed that I was able to work plenty of people on 10m and very few people bothered to spot me. I think people think that the RBN picks up everything. It does not!
I appreciate the people that did spot me and tonight I have seen a big improvement in spots. Maybe the DXers are better about it? Maybe the Contesters do not want to alert their competition? When we were spotted regularly the rates were sustainable at 150ish plus. When no spots the rate was much less. Are people tuning for mini pileups or there are lots of non competitors using spots.
I think we are nearly to the point that we might as well just program in self spotting every 5 minutes or 15 minutes. It would save a bunch of electricity across the globe.
I honestly felt like I should have set up my own skimmer here to spot myself. This would probably be looked on poorly. I am not sure what the difference is anymore. I have a skimmer at home W0MU-1 but I block my callsign from being spotted, should I?
V31MU/W0MU On 2/20/2017 8:40 PM, Matt Murphy wrote:
I think RBN was very bogged down on Saturday night. Spots were taking 30+ minutes to appear. 73, Matt NQ6N On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 8:20 PM Gerry Hull <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:KE1J was very active from K2LE in Vermont. In CW contesting, the need to spot has virtually been eliminated by the RBN. In fact, if you are not looking at RBN spots, you are at a disadvantage. This has a detrimental effect on SSB, as it is not automated. However, for Assisted operating in the real world, RBN is here to stay. RBN hurt us at VY1AAA, as we were not manually spotted much, and prop, especially in Europe, was not so hot, so we were not picked up by RBN. The is game in CW contesting now. 73, Gerry W1VE One of the VY1AAA Gang On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 8:04 PM, Ed Sawyer <email@example.com> wrote:Apparently, no one wants to spot any more. They think that everyone is using skimmer so what's the point? I decided to make some notes thistimein ARRL DX. - When did I start CQing on 80, 40, 20, 15? - When did I get spotted? - Did I notice any big burst of calls? I compared those notes with a look at the DX Summit to see how the spots compared. Keep in mind that I was likely the ONLY Vermont station CQing for many if not most of the time. I found that in MANY cases - I was running for more than an hour, in some cases, close to 2 hours! Before being spotted. Worked 100 - 300 stations before being spotted. I also had a very direct correlation of a noticeable burst of activitywhenspotted. That means that there was a noticeable group of people notusingskimmer that were assisted. Why don't those people spot? If you run assisted, what is your comment? 73 Ed N1UR _______________________________________________ CQ-Contest mailing list CQ-Contest@contesting.com http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/cq-contest_______________________________________________ CQ-Contest mailing list CQ-Contest@contesting.com http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/cq-contest_______________________________________________ CQ-Contest mailing list CQ-Contest@contesting.com http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/cq-contest
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