[CQ-Contest] Life in the World of Packet

Dave LaBat labatd at ca.rr.com
Mon Feb 19 18:49:39 EST 2007

There is an upside that I hesitate to mention. I can't tell you how many
times I have heard a screaming pileup that appeared to be packet generated
and then found a much more desirable station 5-10 up with no one calling. If
I was devious I might spot all the inconsequential stations and leave the
tasty stuff alone!

The downside is when somebody does spot the rare one and the pileup moves
right on top of you, that's when being the little guy is not so good.

Disclaimer: no internet connections were used in the operation of my contest
station, the previous mentioned tactic is for entertainment use only

Dave NT6AA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Courtney Judd K4WI" <k4wi at earthlink.net>
To: "David Gilbert" <xdavid at cis-broadband.com>
Cc: "ACG" <ACG at alabamacontestgroup.org>; "CQ-Contest"
<cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007 2:46 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Life in the World of Packet

> Hey David and all, company policy here at this station is if I don't hear
> ID by their third contact, then ? is sent, then longer ur call, then what
> your call, etc for each next contact that no ID is provided. The rule is
> waste my time and I'll waste yours... doesn't take long for them to get
> idea.. Everyone listening would do that it would cut short that problem in
> no time. Biggest offenders seem to come from South America, I don't know
> but that's what I have observed from here! 73's Cort K4WI
> 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
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