[CQ-Contest] WW SSB - the corruptive influence of packet

Cooper, Stewart coopers at odl.co.uk
Tue Nov 1 07:04:26 EST 2005

Totally agree. It takes ABOUT the same time to say a call unphonetically as to say QRZ, and would keep the pile-up happier. Maybe bigger, but still happier. And therefore more controlled and quicker. No "What's your call?" calls.

-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Michael Tope
Sent: 01 November 2005 08:01
To: Kenneth E. Harker; Alan Leith
Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WW SSB - the corruptive influence of packet

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kenneth E. Harker" <kenharker at kenharker.com>

> (d) The contests would be better off without packet at all.  One option
>    is always to turn it off and tune the radio instead.
> --
> Kenneth E. Harker WM5R

The really annoying thing I found this weekend were the stations
who were only identifying every 5 or 10 minutes because they
had a steady diet of packet assisted stations feeding their pileups
who knew their callsign a priori. As a single-op unassisted, it's a
royal PITA when you are trying to make the most of your operating
time to have to sit on a frequency for 5 or 10 minutes listening to a
huge pileup and wondering if you really need that station for a
multiplier because he won't identify.

Packet can be fun if your just chasing DX, so I won't rain on
packet user's parade (sometimes I am a packet user), but I just
wish that the rare DX in the contests wouldn't assume that we
are all using it all the time. Send your call each QSO like
ZD8Z/N6TJ does.

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

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