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                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

Call: N2NL
Operator(s): N2NL
Station: N2NL

Class: SOAB(A) LP
Operating Time (hrs): 

 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
  160:    2     1        2
   80:   29    12       26
   40:  139    28       77
   20:  133    33       97
   15:  127    27       93
   10:   91    24       54
Total:  521   125      349  Total Score = 673,080

Club: Florida Contest Group


FT1000MP, R-7 vertical, 33ft loaded vertical for 80, salt water

Packet sucks

   Radio time was very limited this weekend.  I'm preparing to leave in a couple
days for a 2 month deployment which will keep me away from my family for the
holidays - so family prevailed.  I decided to turn on packet to maximize the
club score for the time I had.  
   I'm beating a long dead horse, but there is a new group of contesters out
there.  They are the "point-and-shoot" group who travel from packet-pile to
packet-pile.  These guys will call over and over.  They believe they will call
all the time so either they work him, or no one does.  They try to beat their
packet-pileup partners by trying to be first to a new spot - they will call
without listening to see who's on frequency - often stomping a QSO in progress. 
They are in such a hurry not to be left behind by their packet buddies on the
long packet-pileup highway that they don't listen to the call of the DX they
think they are working.  A FS5 on 15m today was baffled why he had 10 dupes in a
row - he was incorrectly spotted as a FS7.
    I'm not talking about the K3WW's out there.  They know how to utilize packet
to maximize their score.  They actually listen before they call.  I'm talking
about the other bunch - and I'm sure everyone can name a few.
    I project that these packet pileup chasers will start to hurt contesting, if
it hasn't already happened.  I've seen it from both ends of the pileup.  As DX,
it's frustrating to be called contstantly while trying to work someone.  I'm
sure this turns many rare DX part-timers off completely since they don't want to
be on the receiving end of the madness.  Part-time guys who are in it for the DX
will be turned off at the craziness of the pileups they have to break.  
    I'm sorry but I can't offer a solution.  A good start would be peer
pressure.  Single out Joe at the next club meeting and let him know he was
obnoxious last month.  Otherwise it's just going to get worse as the new blood
doesn't know it any other way.
    This will be the last time I ever use packet for a contest.  Looking back,
my score probably would have been higher had I S&P'ed the entire weekend.  The
time I wasted in pileups would have been better utilized by adding Q's to my
    Other than that, it was a blast.  Conditions were extremely good.  Best ears
go to 6Y0A and FM5GU for hearing my 100w on 160 with the 80m antenna.
    Anyway, it's off to KP4 next week followed by 50 some days at sea.  I'll try
to be QRV in the 10m contest as N2NL/MM - "R2" IS a mult - if you can hear my
100w/hamstick setup from the flight deck.

73, Dave N2NL

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