[CQ-Contest] Do I need to operate assisted to figure out the calls?

Mats Strandberg sm6lrr at gmail.com
Mon Jul 30 20:23:55 PDT 2012

Thanks for very relevant input Timo. You are for sure correct. IOTA might
involve operators that normally do not have the highest skills how to
handle pile ups and the reason for non-ID could be that they try to handle
the pile that way. However, this behaviour causes more irritation than the
intended comfort for the operator... Anyway, a Conterst Sponsor could at
least recommend operators to ID regularly or frequently (whatever that
means of course) ;)

73 de RM2D (ex. RA/SM6LRR), Mats

2012/7/30 Timo Klimoff <timo.klimoff at dnainternet.net>

> >During the IOTA Contest I realized that some stations have become so
> self-assured that everyone checks the cluster, so the need to ID after
> contacts has become useless.
> >Come on guys, there are still a few operators around the globe who
> actually
> want to copy the call themselves and not rely on cluster spots.
> IOTA contest is especially bad for this because it is a different case than
> eg. CQWW or WPX. The main reason is that it is the contest were "DX
> stations" (Island stations) have exceptionally big pile ups even when they
> have very modest set ups (eg. I once worked at OH9A 250+ qso hour on SSB at
> the first hour even with IOTA's long exchange and with 700 wtts into
> Butternut HF6V). Same time IOTA has a big number of "DX" stations who are
> not used to work huge pile ups. And by huge I mean huge, not normal
> CQWW-type "nice&good" pile up. Especially on CW my contest career's biggest
> pileups have been in IOTA contest (something like 15-20 stations calling
> same time). So for many average or below average IOTA operators only trick
> to handle their pileup is not to ID. Of course this trick is bad, very bad.
> I prefer to ID same style than Mats.
> 73, Timo OH1NOA
> (OH1NOA/6 11 qsos in IOTA Contest)
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