[CQ-Contest] Split Frequency in Contests?
w2up at mindspring.com
Sun Dec 1 13:51:54 EST 2002
I think you hit the nail on the head. It's the caliber/calibre of the
operator. Without a doubt, the pileups were the worst I've ever heard
them in a contest. There was endless calling with little listening. The
callees were guilty too, with very sparse IDing. For example, LT1F was
mis-spotted on packet as L1TF and had an instant pileup. You would
think the op would figure it out after 2 or 3 dupes in a row, but there was
no ID for a LONG time.
Bottom line, as in DXing, it has been said that the pileup is controlled by
the DX station. The better ops know how to do it.
On 1 Dec 2002 Jim Martin wrote:
> I think for the first time last weekend I heard contest stations working
> split. They were not exactly exotic or rare prefixes so why the split
> operation? Others like XT2DX and HC8N had huge pile-ups but always managed
> to skilfully work their way through.
> Is this to do with the calibre of the operator or a ploy to spread out the
> callers and have an operator work the stations and another 'tee' up the next
> QSO? Muscle substituting for skill?
> Whatever the reason, many times over the weekend I heard chunks of the band
> rendered useless by this practice and felt sorry for the stations who had
> been running on the previously clear frequency and then being drowned under
> a sea of callsigns. I would rather take my 'little
> pistols' chances in the pile-up and if it's too busy try again later.
> That's what makes it fun!
> Jim MM0BQI
> (Originally posted on UK-Contest)
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Barry Kutner, W2UP Internet: w2up at mindspring.com
Newtown, PA Frankford Radio Club
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