[CQ-Contest] Reverse Beacon Network News - hopefully ofgeneralinterest

steve.root at culligan4water.com steve.root at culligan4water.com
Mon Aug 13 15:48:19 PDT 2012


The idea isn't to move 1 or 2 Kc up the band but rather use an offset of 100-200 Hz. Spot chasers end up so close to zero beat with each other that you can't pick out a call. It happens to me here in commonplace Minnesota, imagine if you were in ZD8 and had 50-100 guys come back all close to zero beat. It doesn't help your rate, nobody is working anything until they spread out either in frequency or in time. Modern rigs are too accurate for their own good.

For many years now I have had the XIT when I'm S&P and RIT on when I call CQ.

73 Steve K0SR
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From: Tom W8JI [mailto:w8ji at w8ji.com]
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2012 10:13 AM
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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Reverse Beacon Network News - hopefully ofgeneralinterest

> On 8/13/2012 7:20 AM, Martin , LU5DX wrote: >> I surely also understand Jim's concerns about gigantic pile ups with >> all stations calling exactly in the same frequency due to the RBN >> spots. I hope it is just a matter of time till ops realize we need to >> start calling stations a little off the spotted frequency. > I'm not a BIG contester, But have been contesting since 1975, LONG > before any of this existed. And as soon as I heard a pileup made by a > RBN spot I did notice how everyone was "Spot On" (pun intended) > > And my first thought if I was to use this RBN network, I would at the > same time turn on my XIT to slide a tad off the mess some. I thought > everyone would do that and that this was not a unique thought. But I > guess not. I wonder what other's think about that method. I think just tuning off frequency by pushing a button to avoid a pileup center is poor operating practice, because it can jam someone already using a frequency. I wonder if this practice is common, and if it why when running on a frequency a long time, some random person will show up just sending his callsign over and over, outside the "pileup range". IMO a much better policy is to NOT spread out unless we listen first and make sure no one is using the frequency. Of course I dislike the whole notion of just saying "up", or saying "up" without a specific frequency split, because it causes needless QRM. Of course it is understood good manners go away in contests because it is competition, but I wonder if some consideration of others still exists in some form, and to what extent it reasonably exists. 73 Tom _______________________________________________ CQ-Contest mailing list CQ-Contest at contesting.com http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/cq-contest 

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