[CQ-Contest] RX Heresy?

Idle-Tyme nss at mwt.net
Thu Feb 25 10:15:14 PST 2010

In the old days (late 70's) I remember the old Drake B line was the 
contesters choice because it beat anything else that was out there for 
strong signal rejection. It even beat it's next generation C line.

Like On Field Day I still till this day remember being able to Run 40 
phone, 40 CW, AND 40 novice all at the same time, and one wouldn't 
really know the others were on the air.  Now it seems any new rig you 
hear the  others on the band desencing the band to death.  the big 
vacuum cleaner effect.
*The Original Rolling Ball Clock

Pete Smith wrote:
> 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?
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