[CQ-Contest] SO2R a new category?

DougKR2Q at aol.com DougKR2Q at aol.com
Thu Jun 1 09:48:01 EDT 2000

Hi all:

This SO2R category stuff is rather old hat.  It's not as popular as Packet or SCP debates, but it comes up every couple of years.

My 2 cents (actual value) is:

1.  The benefit of operating two radios varies by contest.  I'm not an SS type, but I gather that its impact there is larger than in CQWW ssb/cw.

2.  In CQWW, having 3 towers with multiple monoband stacks in multiple directions is a much bigger advantage (than one tower and only one set of monobanders) than is SO2R over SO1R.  Should there be a 2Tower and 3Tower category?  I'm confident that any contester worth their salt would rather operate at the station with lots of towers and multiple stacks using ONE radio than at a 1T station with 1 gain antenna per band and SO2R.

3.  I've not operated RTTY, but I'll bet that SO2R in RTTY is a MUCH bigger advantage than SO2R on SSB or CW...the operator's "skill" is much less of a factor in RTTY than on the other modes.  :-)

Okay...enough for now.

de Doug KR2Q

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>From Ron Wetjen <wd4ahz at arrl.net>  Thu Jun  1 05:11:57 2000
From: Ron Wetjen <wd4ahz at arrl.net> (Ron Wetjen)
Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2000 04:11:57 +0000
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Field day no-coders?
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KI9A at aol.com wrote:

> I have a question about field day--on the novice/tech station, IF
> a we use a couple of tech +'s to set up & operate the novice/tech 
> station, using a TECH+ call,  can a NO-CODE tech operate & help 
> set-up?

Sure, as long as there is a control op present.

> we have a no-coder who wants to get his feet wet, since the HF 
> stations are full of "hard-core guys", novice station seems like the
> obvious place to start..

This is too bad.  What a perfect opportunity to team up someone who
wants to get their feet wet, with a "hard-core" op!  If we, the
"hard-core" ops don't teach these folks the proper way to operate, who
will?  Instead, in a few years, we'll be cussing them out for their poor
operating procedures ... just because we wouldn't spend some time during
Field Day, no less, to teach them the right way to do things.

Ask our "hard-core" Field Day ops, K1TO, K4OJ, WC4E, N4KM, and I, how
much more rewarding it is to help new hams get on HF for the first time
and teach them proper operating procedures, than it is trying to "win"
Field Day!

Remember your first taste of Contesting at Field Day?  If you do, it's
time share that experience with a new generation of hams ... and who
knows, a future WRTC Champion might be making their first HF QSO in this
year's Field Day - and it might be you, who got them started operating
correctly and giving them encoragement and support through those first

Certainly something to think about.

73, Ron  WD4AHZ

SERC Field Day Chairman

One of the W1AW/4 Crew - IARU/WRTC-2000  July 8-9, 2000

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