[CQ-Contest] Skimmer for S/O in IARU

Robert Chudek - K0RC k0rc at pclink.com
Tue Jun 3 14:34:41 EDT 2008


No, the WRTC participants don't have the same stations. They have the same 
antennas but it is up to them to provide their own transceivers and 
auxiliary equipment (microphones, keyers, computers, software, SO2R 
switching, band-filters, etc.). At the event in Brazil, there were a pallet 
of amplifiers where each team took one and brought it to their location to 

The point I was trying to make is the WRTC goes beyond pure operator skill. 
There's technology they "invent" and bring along from home, there's the 
"craft" of quickly assembly of their station, and there's also operator 
skill once the event starts.

So to be the top operator(s) in the WRTC it isn't just the best 
"operator(s)", it's the ability to design and integrate technology, quickly 
setup a station, overcome any problems encountered before and during the 
event, AND operator skill during the contest.

I am not aware of any technology limitations placed on these competitors. I 
guess it would be a good question whether Skimmer will be allowed in the 
2010 WRTC in Russia. I believe the inequities experienced in the Brazil 
topography will be less of an issue during this upcoming event.

73 de Bob - KØRC in MN

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Julius Fazekas" <phriendly1 at yahoo.com>
To: "Robert Chudek - K0RC" <k0rc at pclink.com>; "Joe Subich, W4TV" 
<w4tv at subich.com>; "'Stan Stockton'" <k5go at cox.net>; 
<cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 12:28 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Skimmer for S/O in IARU


The stations competing as WRTC participants all have
basically the exact same station and antennas as I
understand it.

This is not true in "real world" competition.

Then there is the real estate addage: Location,
location, location... Even in WRTC, if you have a
crappy QTH all the bells and whistles won't win it.


--- Robert Chudek - K0RC <k0rc at pclink.com> wrote:

> Joe wrote:
> "The sum of an operator is his ability to integrate
> ALL of the tools:
> technology, experience and operating skill.  A
> contest measures all
> of that - not simply the operator's ability to copy
> CW by ear."
> That's a pretty fair summary as far as I'm
> concerned. Look at the
> pinnacle of contesting, the WRTC events. They are
> based upon the
> three areas summarized in that statement. Although
> they are not
> a pure "Single Operator" event, they require
> technical skills beyond
> yelling into a microphone or slapping a paddle
> around the table.
> 73 de Bob - KØRC in MN

Julius Fazekas

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