[CQ-Contest] RX Heresy -- from the other end?

Julius Fazekas phriendly1 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 1 06:50:25 PST 2010

Hi Art...

As a lil' station, I know where you're coming from...

Needless to say I have a K3, but I also think this applies to the K2 (and probably other rigs), and on CW I can find that station more often than not between the big gun runners. If I can hear them, I feel I have a better shot at working them. On 160, anyway, that has been a very effective tactic for me.

One can argue, if the DX is running between to big US stations it isn't hearing the US at all, but I don't always find this to be the case. The folks on the other side can hear pretty darn well most of the time.

The best receiver you can afford is still worth the price of admission, in my opinion.

Agreed with the bigger antenna conundrum, make the ones you have as efficient as possible. One's QTH is a limiting factor, as is one's wallet... even if you're a good scrounger!


Julius Fazekas

Tennessee Contest Group

Tennessee QSO Party

Elecraft K2/100 #4455
Elecraft K3/100 #366
Elecraft K3/100 #1875

--- On Sun, 2/28/10, Art Boyars <artboyars at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Art Boyars <artboyars at gmail.com>
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] RX Heresy -- from the other end?
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010, 10:19 PM
> Alternate subj: A View From the
> Bottom of the Pileup
> Who am I to doubt all the luminaries who say it does make a
> difference?  But
> I don't understand all the "why's". K5ZD gave a pretty good
> explanation, but
> he has the viewpoint of a loud station.  He can be
> heard on the other end,
> so the K3 helps him to be able to copy (better) while
> operating close to a
> signal that is loud at his end.  OK.
> But what if 'ZD and his QRG neighbor are both loud on the
> other end?  What
> good does it do them to be able to operate close to each
> other if the
> K3-less target stations can't copy them separately? 
> Especially, say, if the
> QRG neighbor is a loud EU on 40M, in which case he is
> likely much louder
> than 'ZD in the target area.
> Of course, if 'ZD's neighbor is loud at 'ZD only because
> they are
> geographically close, and if 'ZD is louder than the
> neighbor in the target
> area ("How could that be??"), then the K3 increases 'ZD's
> ability to ease in
> on the frequency of the weaker station.  And that's
> OK, until we get
> anopther thread-that-will-not-die of "How close is too
> close?"
> For myself, lowering the intermod crud in my receiver might
> be a benefit of
> a K3, but I'm already hearing more stations than can hear
> me.  I choose not
> to relocate to be able to put up bigger antennas, so it
> seeems that to
> improve my balance I need all the target stations to get
> K3's so they can
> dig out my weak signal.
> 73, Art K3KU
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