[CQ-Contest] Dupes during the ARRL 160

Bill Coleman aa4lr at arrl.net
Mon Dec 5 18:46:50 EST 2005

On Dec 5, 2005, at 11:19 AM, Tom McAlee wrote:

> It was incredibly packed with signals.  More times than not, when I  
> called a
> station I heard multiple stations coming back to me.  At least one  
> on the
> frequency I called on, perhaps one a bit above, one a bit below, etc.

My previous experience in past 160m contests is just the opposite --  
everyone has their filters cranked so far up that if you aren't  
exactly zero-beat, you can call and call and call and they won't hear  
you. Move just 50 Hz, and you bag them on the first try.

160m wasn't any more packed than a typical contest. At least, as far  
as my K2/100 was concerned.

> I stopped after a couple of hours, but came back a few hours later  
> and made
> the rounds again.  Many stations I called that time told me "QSO  
> b4".  When
> I said "not in my log", they just said "QSO b4 tu cq test..." or  
> something.

I got this a couple of times, and each time it was because I had  
entered the call wrong.

> Well, ok... I am happy to be in your log but, unfortunately for  
> you, you are
> not in mine!

With such a short exchange (eg 5NN XX) sending QSO B4 probably takes  
longer. Might as well work the duplicates and move on....

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
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