[CQ-Contest] Packet usage

David L. Thompson thompson at mindspring.com
Thu Feb 21 09:03:35 EST 2002

Packet usage is the accepted method for multi ops and has its good and bad
points.  Many find that you can spin up or down the band
working stations faster than if you just try to work the packet spots.   If
you use two transceivers at each multi op position this spinning is done
while maintaining a run frequency.

K1AR pointed out several years ago that a multi million score could be made
in say the CQ WW just by working the packet spots.   But many of us have
found that this requires a new skill and except for guys such as K3WW few
ever take full advantage of this.  This is why the Assisted Single op scores
are not any higher than single op unassisted scores.   The average score is
higher as the assisted stations tend to work longer at the contest.

In multi op stations using packet (or the internet web pages) is best
utilized when some member of the team stays on top of the spots
plus the stations are wired to pick up the spots without the main op
thinking too much!

Hats off to N2RM and others who choose to not use packet spots....and its
nice to have a choice.

73 Dave K4JRB

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