[CQ-Contest] RST as a sync [was: cut #]

John Geiger n5ten at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 1 14:10:20 EDT 2007

Who says they aren't honest reports?  The RST system
is purely subjective, there is no set standard for the
RS system.  Some people think that the S in the RST is
the S meter reading, but that isn't correct.  It is
just a subjective report of signal strength, relative
to nothing.  So a signal at my QTH which is just above
noise level can be 5NN, if I am comparing it to the
signal being received from Pioneer 10 which has left
the solar system.

73s John W5TD

--- Bill Turner <dezrat at copper.net> wrote:

> On Fri, 1 Jun 2007 02:56:53 -0700 (PDT), Ev Tupis
> <w2ev at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
> >We only have ourselves to blame for turning the RST
> into a synch pulse instead of anything useful. I
> have been going over my old contest logs from the
> '60s and '70s and find the RST reports were "honest"
> reports, not an endless column of 599's.
> <snip> 
> ><humor>
> >PS: Now that I'm thinking about it, I can imagine
> having a little more fun by giving the big gun's
> reports like "229" as a sort of "Revenge of the
> Little Pistol's", knowing that it breaks nothing,
> except for the monotony between S&P operations for
> us. <g>
> ></humor>
> ------------ REPLY FOLLOWS ------------
> Perhaps your second paragraph explains the reasoning
> behind your first
> paragraph.
> I greatly prefer the "endless column of 599's" over
> an "honest
> report". Even more, I prefer contests that do not
> require a signal
> report at all, honest or otherwise.
> Bill W6WRT
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