[CQ-Contest] Life in the World of Packet
xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Mon Feb 19 12:23:39 EST 2007
I normally don't have anything against packet/cluster spots in a
contest. If the rules allow it who am I to complain, but I discovered a
new reason to dislike it during this contest. I operated this one
unassisted and several times came across stations who wouldn't identify
for very long stretches. I have always thought that is rude behavior (I
lose opportunities for other contacts while I wait to avoid a dupe), but
in all honesty the DX didn't really need to ID. In virtually each case,
a steady string of new callers would show up on frequency that hadn't
been there since the last time the DX identified. It's pretty easy for
someone to see the spot, come up on frequency, and figure out which
signal is the DX without ever hearing him ID. There's rarely a lull
that requires the DX to identify, and rude behavior gets reinforced.
Jimk8mr at aol.com wrote:
> Two stories from my chair time at K8AZ in the ARRL CW test this weekend.
> 1. I can't say there is any connection, but early Sunday on 15 meters I
> heard a weak but copyable OE4A CQing away. Several calls got a "?" and one even
> a "K?" but no qso. So I spotted him anyway. Maybe a minute later, I called
> him again and he came right back. Hmmmmm????
> 2. Later Sunday morning I had been running around 21055 when a rather loud
> station starts up with a string of dashes, with varying signal strength
> indicative of someone tuning an amp. Then a very loud 7X0RY starts CQing away.
> Well, I figure no point in fighting, I'd just get my qso (and new multiplier)
> and move on. So I did, and moved up about a KHz, and resumed CQing. I kept
> checking back to see how soon a packet pileup would ensue, but to my
> surprise, none did. Lots of unanswered CQs. I only heard one other station work him
> (K2NV), and never did see any spots for him.
> I guess even rare guys need packet help.
> And nothing much to do with packet, but 557/N3BNA sure was an interesting
> 73 - Jim K8MR
> CQ-Contest mailing list
> CQ-Contest at contesting.com
save the cheerleader ... save the world
More information about the CQ-Contest