[CQ-Contest] How to SO2R for a SS newbie?

Craig Smith craig at powersmith.net
Tue Sep 20 07:08:08 PDT 2011

I believe that many if not most of the highest scoring stations in all categories use SO2R, so there must be a useful advantage given that you have the requisite station setup and operator skills for SO2R.  I qualify for neither of these criteria.

But last year for the first time I did try SO2V in SS using my single K3 and N1MM logger.  It was indeed a steep learning curve and I'd rate my proficiency level as "bumbling beginner".  My estimate is that I netted 3 to 6 additional Qs and no additional Ms by using SO2V during the quiet times beginning early Sunday AM.  Your results will vary and most likely be better!

73 Craig AC0DS

Craig Smith
1009 Alder Way
Longmont, CO. 80503

On Sep 20, 2011, at 2:10 AM, "Dick Green WC1M" <wc1m73 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On the one hand, the rate is lower in SS than the major DX contests, so you
> can use the second radio more. This is especially true on Sunday, when
> things can get very slow. On the other hand, the long exchange on the second
> radio can delay working someone answering your CQ on the other radio. It can
> get a little awkward sometimes. This happens in DX contests, too, but less
> frequently.
> My general feeling, though, is that SO2R has definite benefit in SS.
> 73, Dick WC1M
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Barry [mailto:w2up at comcast.net] 
> Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 7:59 AM
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] How to SO2R for a SS newbie?
> I'm an experienced SO2R op in the DX contests, but never seriously 
> operated SS (and don't plan to be serious this year either, as I will be 
> returning from HST in DL just a few days prior to SS).  How different is 
> SO2R in CW SS where you have a real exchange to copy?
> Tnx,
> Barry, W2UP
> -- 
> Barry Kutner, W2UP             Lakewood, CO
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