[CQ-Contest] Pessimism

Sandy Taylor ve4xt at mts.net
Thu Apr 9 05:33:01 PDT 2009

Hi David,

It is a common mistake of new operators to assume that the conditions they
experience are shared by everyone else.

In K2-land, you are blessed with conditions that aren't as drastically
affected by the lack of sunspots the same way anyone in the Black Hole is.

During times of sunspot doldrums, all we can do is listen to your half of
QSOs as you run Europe on 40 or 20 or JAs on 15, and don't even mention 10m.

When sunspots peak, as they did just before I was licensed in 1982, we can
run DX quite well but still nowhere near as well as K2s or K1s can.

When I was in Jamaica in November, I was blown away by how much we heard and
could work that you would not have been able to.

So, no, sunspots are not an excuse for anything. They're real and their
absence is keenly felt in many areas of the world.


-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of David Levine
Sent: April-09-09 7:01 AM
To: CQ-Contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Pessimism

I don't know what these sunspots are you guys keep talking about. ;-) I've
been licensed since the summer of 2007 and on HF since the summer of 2008.
In less then 1 year of being on HF, I've logged over 6500 contacts with 100w
max and a G5RV wire antenna.

Maybe sunspots are an excuse for those that want to have something to blame?

K2DSL - David

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 1:17 AM, <somata90924 at mypacks.net> wrote:

> agree, so why not just enjoy what we have, so we have not good sunspots,
> what ,,have fun!
> zf2ah
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: LY8O <ly8o at ot.lt>
> >Sent: Apr 3, 2009 4:29 AM
> >To: CQ-Contest at contesting.com
> >Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Pessimism
> >
> >Could be, could be...
> >But after WPX SSB I am still impressed - my personal best score ever.
> Don't sit with depression - just try to inprove your equipment and
> possibilities. And depression will go away... As in every hobby if you are
> doing something at all.
> >I don't see any reason to be depressed because of the lack of sunspots,
> sorry.
> >
> >73, Remi LY8O
> >
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >
> >>Subject: [CQ-Contest] Pessimism
> >>
> >>Check out this week's survery question on the ARRL Website...
> www.arrl.org.
> >>
> >>It looks like a lot of people are seriously depressed about the lack of
> >>sunspots!
> >>
> >>73 Steve K0SR
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