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Re: [CQ-Contest] SO2R vs SO1R

To: "'Ria Jairam'" <rjairam@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] SO2R vs SO1R
From: "Ed Sawyer" <sawyered@earthlink.net>
Reply-to: sawyered@earthlink.net
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:00:58 -0400
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I know we all like to beat up on East Coast stations.  I thought that SS, NAQP, 
Sprint, 10M were of interest to the group.  No East Coast advantage there - in 
fact its "almost" fatal to be on the East Coast for those contests, especially 
the North East.

I don't know why "contest opinion" is so DX Contest centric on this reflector.  
It should bother people that are more interested in domestic contests, but 
doesn't seem to.

Ed  N1UR

-----Original Message-----
From: Ria Jairam [mailto:rjairam@gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2017 9:41 AM
To: sawyered@earthlink.net
Cc: CQ-Contest Reflector
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] SO2R vs SO1R

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 to."

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.

Ria, N2RJ

On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 8:56 AM, Ed Sawyer <sawyered@earthlink.net> 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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