[CQ-Contest] CQWW and Signal Reports

Michael Tope W4EF at dellroy.com
Wed Oct 30 10:57:36 EST 2002

Don't be too sure, Tom. Dunno if it was the same K9
station or not, but I observed the same thing two years ago
in the ARRL phone contest. When I mentioned it on the
reflector on of the operators of that station responed to
me via email and was very concerned that one of their
inexperienced ops might have been running the gain
control on their exciter too high and overdriving their PA.
He was very nice about it.

Unless you are listening to yourself on a second receiver,
you won't be aware of buckshot created in the PA as it
doesn't show up in the TX audio monitor output. A lot
of people are using FT-1000D and FT1000 Mark V's.
Unless you are runnning a Henry 8K (3CX3000) or
some other big tube, it is quite easy to overdrive an
amp with one of these 200W rigs. Overly distorted
audio reduces intelligibility which means fewer QSOs.
If I sounded that bad, I'd want to know about it, so
feel free to bug me if I ever sound that bad.

73 de Mike, W4EF.............................................

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Osborne" <w7why at harborside.com>
To: "CQ-Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 6:36 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CQWW and Signal Reports

> Tom Horton wrote:
> >   If I were a rich guy I would spend a year or two traveling in >South
America and southern Europe showing ops how to set the mic >gain and
processor levels.
> Hi Tom
> You don't have to be a rich guy.  Just listen to some of the "big
> guns" here in the states that have rotten audio.  There was one
> K9 station on 20 Saturday that was 10 or 15 kc wide and
> splattering all over the place.  I knew if I told him, he'd just
> ignore me so I didn't say anything.  73
> Tom W7WHY
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