[CQ-Contest] Radio/mic question

Michael Brown k9mi_mike at ameritech.net
Wed Feb 23 09:49:26 EST 2000

Hope this isn't too far off topic, but I recently picked up a TS 850,
and I was thinking about getting the Heil headset with the "Dx"
element for it. Most of my operating is contesting and dx'ing, even
though I'm definitly LP (low profile or little pistol, your choice!)
so I'll need all the help I can get.  So who better to ask then the
contest communtiy if this is a good choice, or a poor choice.


Mike K9MI

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>From Ron Wetjen <wd4ahz at arrl.net>  Wed Feb 23 15:38:00 2000
From: Ron Wetjen <wd4ahz at arrl.net> (Ron Wetjen)
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 15:38:00 +0000
Subject: [CQ-Contest] WRTC Rules
Message-ID: <38B3FED8.8867BB4E at gte.net>

"Robert L. Shohet" wrote:

> This kind of logic is silly.


> Technology SHOULD be used as long as it is available to all.


> The purpose of a competition is to allow the competitors to UNLEASH
> their skill, ability and energy in the pursuit of excellence.

All good points in favor of keeping stations as simple as possible and
letting the operators skill shine through!  Isn't that the whole point
of WRTC?  Letting the best ops in the world duke it out amongst each

If technology (automatic band or antenna switching) isn't available to
everyone (not ALL world class ops use automatic band or antenna
switching), then it shouldn't be used by anyone.  That is, as you wrote,
"the lowest common denominator".  Everyone can switch bands or antennas
manually.  If someone messes up and forgets to switch antennas or their
logging programs to another band ... that's the operators problem.  An
error like that will hurt their score, and in a competition such as
WRTC, that's exactly what should happen.

The best ops should win ... not the one with the best gadgets.

73, Ron
One of the W1AW/4 Crew - IARU/WRTC-2000

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