[CQ-Contest] re: SS observations ( kinda long)
George Fremin III - K5TR
geoiii at kkn.net
Tue Nov 6 09:25:02 EST 2001
On Mon, Nov 05, 2001 at 06:45:23AM -0800, Jeffrey Clarke wrote:
> KI9A wrote :
> Well, I sit here Sunday night after another fun SSCW. I can't help
> to ponder if (when?) the CAC may change the SS rules to help cure the
> Sunday doldrums.......
> I totally agree with Chuck's comments. After spending last weekend
> running guys at 200 + and hour at PJ2Z I had practically no motivation
If you would like to run 200 hours this might be what you need:
> to go do Sweepstakes and maybe average 60 or so an hour. ( even less on
> Sunday) I was planning on maybe doing a SOLP but opted to just go to
The ARRL November Sweepstakes is a really cool contest.
- The exchange is long and very diffrent.
- It is not CQ WW - it is not designed to be CQ WW or anything else.
- You can only work guys on one band - makes it possible
to do well from almost anywhere in the country.
(The high claimed scores for the high power catagory have
stations from all over the country in the top ten.)
- There are folks who we work every year in SS. Many of these
guys do not do any ohter contests seriously but they get on
in SS and do the whole thing and have a great time.
- I like the SS, I like it just like it is, it is fun.
- K5ZD really likes the SS too.
One thing you might notice is that the scores in this contest
are higher now than they were in the early '80s.
Year Station QSOs Finish
--- ------- ---- ------
1980 K5TM 1133 2nd
1981 N5AU 1246 1st
1982 N5AU 1216 1st
1983 N5AU 1278 1st
1984 N5AU 1187 1st
Since the top slots of past few years have been
making about 1400+ QSOs I dont see how anyone could say
the activity is declining.
Doing this contest well is hard work.
I have done 24 hours of SSB SS and been more tired then I was after
doing 47 hours of the the CQ WW SSB contest a few weeks ago.
There are many skills that need to be mastered to do well in a contest
- one of them is how to keep the rate up when things slow down. It is
very easy to stay fired up and focused when things are going good with
high rates. But it takes something extra to squeeze every last QSO
out of a contest when things are slow and you are not sure what band
you should be on. Going 100 and hour is easy, turning a 25 hour into
a 35 hour takes the skill of a real operator. It is slow hours that
separate the pups from the big dogs.
I love SS.
As Wayne W5XD said,
"Go break someone else's contest, please."
George Fremin III
Johnson City, Texas "Experiment trumps theory."
K5TR (ex.WB5VZL) -- Dave Leeson W6NL
geoiii at kkn.net
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