[CQ-Contest] Does might make right

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Tue Feb 29 08:35:31 EST 2000

On Mon, 28 Feb 2000 TOMK5RC at aol.com wrote:

> I operated the CQ 160SSB Contest last weekend multiop at K5KG in Northern NJ. 
> It shed some new light on why I contest.
> >From that location, just the local 1's, 2's and 3's covered 1.8 to 1.9 MHz 
> with signals of 20 over S9 and above. Hearing weak stations was mostly an 
> exercise of nulling out splatter from adjacent stations. Finding a hole to CQ 
> was even more challenging. 
> At least five times that I recall, I found a "hole", ran three or four 
> stations, then an 20 over S9 signal would come on zero beat and claim "Hey, 
> this frequency is in use." In use, indeed. The guy was gone just long enough 
> for a potty break and a coffee refill and expected the deed to the frequency 
> was still in his name.

I heard something interesting happen in the ARRL DX CW contest this year.
A North American station (with a big signal) had a run going.  He worked
an EU station (also with a big signal here).  They were evidently good
friends.  The NA station asked the EU station to "keep his frequency" for
a few minutes. (Bathroom break?  Mult chasing? I dunno). The EU station
began calling CQ and got a little run going. After about 5 minutes the NA
station returned and the EU station turned the frequency back over to him.

I think I'd call that "brotherhood".

73, Zack W9SZ

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