The original statement said:
"I don't support the notion we should create new categories just
because some folks have developed a skill the rest of us choose not
Let's be honest with ourselves. This is NOT simply and only a question
of skills. It is absolutely a question of station in addition to
skills. There's absolutely 100% no denying of this.
This pretty much mirrors the debate over assisted vs unassisted, or
even in-band dual CQ which was banned by ARRL and CQ. It takes skill
to use the cluster. It also takes skill to dual CQ in band. But a very
important consideration is having the station to do it.
Think of it - are all of the stations on the East Coast that place in
the top 10, somehow more skilled than those in the rest of the country
because they place in the top 10? Of course not. What about those with
wire antennas only? Are they less skilled? I doubt it. There are many
factors at play, but to dismiss it as simply and only a question of
skills is deception intended to shut down debate over whether SO2R
should be considered separately.
And for the record, I do not think that SO2R in the official results
should be considered separately from SO1R. Single op refers to the
person behind the station, not the number of radios.
On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 8:56 AM, Ed Sawyer <email@example.com> wrote:
> “Hmm. I do know that 2 towers, filtering, 2 radios and 2 amps is double the
> cost... And for most the barrier isn't skill, it's cost.” N2RJ
> Why stop there? 1 competitive radio with a competitive tower and antennas
> and the land to put it on with a relatively low noise floor can be a BIGGER
> cost impediment than adding a second radio and tower to an already
> competitive location.
> To be competitive in this sport, you need a very good to great location that
> can support at least a big tower/antennas with a relatively low noise floor
> – SO1R/SO2R/SOXR/ Assisited/Unassited/MS/M2/MM it doesn’t matter. It’s the
> cost of entry at the competitive level. To then say adding SO2R is somehow
> the cost barrier is naïve.
> Ed N1UR
> PS – I literally picked my homesite with competitive radio contesting in
> mind. One, 2, or 3 towers after that was about time and maintenance hassle,
> not about money.
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