[CQ-Contest] RX Heresy?

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Thu Feb 25 05:46:14 PST 2010

I have watched with some amazement as the Elecraft K3 has seemingly 
taken over the top dog's spot among contest radios, both among the top 
ops and the rest of us.

This impels me to wonder, though - how much does improved RX strong 
signal performance really improve your ability to score in contests?  My 
suspicion (showing my going-in bias) is that most of us have long since 
developed responses to our receiving problems that tend to minimize the 
damage they do. Knowing when to abandon a run frequency, QSYing just a 
bit ("skootching"), riding the gain instead of using AGC, all of these 
devices have been useful since the dawn of time.

And so the question - how much do serious, full-time, top-ten contesters 
feel that improve RX hardware has really improved their scoring ability, 
compared to other improvements in their stations over the years?

73, Pete N4ZR

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