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

Guy Olinger K2AV olinger at bellsouth.net
Mon Aug 13 20:54:17 PDT 2012

I use an offset of 50-60 Hz, which by some unknown general mental
process, seems to be just enough to avoid being in the inseparable
monotonic muddle.  Calling up 200 or 300 Hz I think properly invokes
your objection. With the general narrowing of CQ spacing post Elecraft
K3, et al, maybe 100 Hz invokes your objection.  What surprises me
still is the number of people who call up and down 300 Hz, or
sometimes more, without intending to.  But that's a different subject.

73, Guy.

On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM, Tom W8JI <w8ji at w8ji.com> wrote:
>> 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
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