[CQ-Contest] Life in the World of Packet

David Gilbert 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.

Dave  AB7E

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 
> callsign.
> 73   -   Jim    K8MR
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