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Re: [VHFcontesting] A comment for those turning in their mics due to FT8

To: Alex <alex@kr1st.com>
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] A comment for those turning in their mics due to FT8
From: Dave <kdcarlso@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:26:03 -0500
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Alex, I think you are unknowingly highlighting one of the
largest complaints. There is no easy way to get people to move up the
bands. When we make contact on voice, before we are done I ask for other
bands and we work through them. On FT8 there is no great way to do that. I
worked a lot of stations on 6m & 2m FT8 that I should have been able to
work through 70cm and maybe even 23cm. There was no way to coordinate that
without having their number or being on a chat page.


On Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 2:01 PM Alex <alex@kr1st.com> wrote:

> Many of the folks who are asking for change are currently on the digital
> modes. Look at your digital mode logs. The contingency of digital mode
> operators would shrink if they'd sign off. I'd certainly miss them.
> I for one am contemplating going digital only on 6 and 2. The way things
> are going, it's just a matter of time before VHF contests are de facto
> digital mode contests. I like the digital modes, so I'm good with that, but
> I'd love it if there was a separate contest for it like on the other side
> of the pond. In a way digital mode contesting is much more like traditional
> contesting. No need for silly chat pages and whatever other crutches you
> need to employ to scare up a station to work. Good old CQ still works with
> digital modes.
> When I look at the number of Q's I made on the higher bands since perhaps
> June it's clear to me that it's just plain silly to keep that stuff around,
> or to invest even more in it. And I've only been active on those bands for
> maybe a year. HI Maybe I'll just keep it for casual skeds with folks that I
> regularly talk to, but leave it off during the contest.
> Better include digital and HF in your arsenal for mountain topping, Bill.
> :)
> 73,
> --Alex KR1ST
> On Jan 19, 2021, 12:32 PM, at 12:32 PM, Bill Schaffer <snowman@sem-co.com>
> wrote:
> >Hello all:
> >
> >I can understand why some are disheartened with all the contest
> >activity moving
> >to digital.
> >
> >But, please consider this...
> >
> >If you sign off for the last time, the digital users are *not* going to
> >miss
> >you.  Not one bit.
> >
> >Who is going to miss you?  Someone like me, who hiked up a cold, snowy,
> >windy
> >mountain-top, and called CQ for an hour and a half.  All for just 10
> >contacts.
> >
> >Was it frustrating?  Absolutely.
> >Did I learn something?  Absolutely.
> >Will I do it again?  Absolutely.
> >
> >Bill
> >WS3O
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