I think this zero beat issue is being a bit "over-done" in my opinion.....It
is not a requirement to be zero beat is it?
Reasons for non-zero beat:
1.) some (as others have mentioned) will purposely call off beat to avoid
the crowd......I do this very often on DX using my XIT, even in a contest I
will call off frequency if I notice the DX is working slightly off. If you
have ever worked a pile with everyone zero beat you will know it can be
2.) SKIMMERS/Packet (big cause of off-beat)......many callers during a
contest are using "point and shoot". Click the spot on the band map and
call......they are using the packet/skimmer RBN spot QRG and call without
fine tuning the QRG. I have done this myself and I get the QSO and move on.
3.) maybe some don't know how to zero beat exactly even if they wanted to.
de steve ve6wz.
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