[CQ-Contest] Split operation in CQ WW CW

Tom W8JI w8ji at w8ji.com
Wed Aug 29 12:56:24 EDT 2012

This and other similar comments suggest we're debating the wrong issue.

Is split operation the problem?  Or is the problem the continuous callers --  
those who continue to call the DX even when he's come back to someone
else -- thus leading some operators to believe split operation is 

It is the forceful long callers, and long might mean sending the call only 
three times, and people who call when they cannot hear, who cause the 

This is fueled by the cluster.

But we should keep in mind going split only takes up twice the room as 
simplex if we do not spread people out. As someone else wisely pointed out, 
at least that puts a bunch of people on one channel width instead of have 
them up and down the band CQing.

Operators pride themselves in being clever and calling off frequency outside 
the occupied frequency, but that encourages extra bandwidth. Operators 
tail-end to be the last caller or pull the trigger when they cannot really 
hear, and that forces split.

This is one of those endless topics that is really a matter of whose shoe 
the foot is on at any moment of time, or whose foot the shoe is on. :-)

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