[CQ-Contest] Reverse Beacon Network News - hopefully of generalinterest

Guy Olinger K2AV olinger at bellsouth.net
Sat Aug 11 12:13:20 PDT 2012

There is that little thing called XIT.  And there is that other thing
called listening.  And there is that other little thing that if 99
stations are calling at exactly 14.045.600 and I have my XIT at +33
Hz, I will work him first.

Top single op unassisted scores regularly and frequently beat top
single op assisted scores.  Why is that?

A conversation with an assisted op who makes the top single op score
will reveal a BLEND of unassisted and assisted techniques. From what
I'm hearing from them, its a blend of MOSTLY unassisted techniques,
plus carefully picked and controlled assisted techniques.

It creates a new class of casual operators.  They get on a little
later with spot data and make MORE contacts than they would have, and
since the spots may not be allowed, don't bother to submit a log.
However you want to argue about that, it's more Q's in my log and I AM
submitting a log.  With 20-30-40 of that station's Q's out in the log,
what he's sending is not an issue.  Contest scorer has a very decent
virtual checklog.

One of these days we will admit to the usefulness of all these
spotting things and get good with them.  As a lot, we're pretty

73, Guy.

On Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM, Jim Neiger <n6tj at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Indeed.  Let's make sure everyone in the pile-ups are calling on exactly the
> SAME FREQUENCY !!  That will undoubtedly help our rates, and the number that
> ultimately make it into the log.
>  Packet was bad enough.  Your skimmer is a night-mare.
> Jim Neiger  N6TJ
> p.s.  I will be listening up 2 to 5 from 9Y4W in November.  Pete, please
> call me exactly on my frequency; that will help clear out the pile-up above.
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Pete Smith N4ZR" <n4zr at contesting.com>
> Sent: Friday, August 10, 2012 5:49 AM
> To: "CQ Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Reverse Beacon Network News - hopefully of
> generalinterest
>> We've just fielded the latest release of the Aggregator - the software
>> that forwards spots from RBN contributors' CW Skimmers to the RBN web
>> server.
>> I normally wouldn't announce this on a general forum like this, but the
>> new Aggregator has one important breakthrough feature.  Each connected
>> Aggregator now receives a report every 5 minutes indicating how its
>> receiver's frequency calibration is. This should be an important aid to
>> keeping the frequency calibration of RBN spots as good, we hope, as the
>> callsign accuracy.  Please let us know what you think.
>> --
>> 73, Pete N4ZR
>> The World Contest Station Database, at www.conteststations.com
>> The Reverse Beacon Network at http://reversebeacon.net, blog at
>> reversebeacon.blogspot.com,
>> spots at telnet.reversebeacon.net, port 7000 and
>> arcluster.reversebeacon.net, port 7000
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