[CQ-Contest] SO2R on a tiny lot

VR2BrettGraham vr2bg at harts.org.hk
Sun Jan 2 21:28:49 EST 2005

VE4XT added a very valid point:

>I realize this wasn't the original question for this thread, which was,
>essentially, about whether SO2R from a small lot is doable. Clearly it is.
>But another thread asked about SO2R by someone who felt he had hit a ceiling
>in Qs, and that SO2R was the only way around it.
>Here's the more important question for SO2R aspirants, IMHO: should I do
>SO2R at all...yet?
>There are fundamentals of good operating that should be mastered, IMHO,
>before SO2R will have any significant advantage. Despite what some who would
>propose separate categories for SO2R and SO1R would think, SO2R is not a
>substitute for incomplete operating skills.
>Someone who is less than perfect with one radio will only be doubly less
>than perfect with two. Band changes, timing, antennas, etc. all play much
>greater influences than SO2R, especially since SO2R is by no means
>"plug-n-play" no matter how much money you can throw at Array Solutions, ICE
>or Top Ten Devices.

Or perhaps even more than doubly less-than-perfect with two.  I am not very
good at it yet still & find the fundamentals are still contributing more to my
scores than the second radio, even after contesting for 25+ years now.

The operator's ability is indeed by far the most important factor.

But when one does feel up to it, SO2R doesn't need multiple towers or
anything like that - if I do in an apartment, anyone can.

73, VR2BrettGraham

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