[CQ-Contest] Station accessories, switching, filtering survey

N2GA at aol.com N2GA at aol.com
Sat Mar 24 10:13:56 PDT 2012

I'm planning my upcoming contesting column in CQ Amateur Radio Magazine on  
station accessories, filtering, switching and computers.  If you are a  
contester and are interested in providing your opinion for an upcoming column, 
I  would appreciate it if you could answer the questions below and send your 
 answers DIRECTLY to me at _n2ga at cq-amateur-radio.com_ 
(mailto:n2ga at cq-amateur-radio.com)  and  NOT through the reflector! Please take a look at the 
questions below and  provide answers, elaborating anywhere you feel it is 
Thank you in advance!

73, George
George Tranos N2GA
Contesting Editor, CQ Amateur Radio Magazine
_http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/_ (http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/) 
1. Your full name and callsign
2. Your City, State/Province/Region,  Country
3. Years you have been a ham
4. Do you consider yourself a contester?

5. Do you utilize any special filters in your contest station?  If so,  
what filters do you use, why do you use them and how do they help you?
6. What type of switching devices do you use?  What are you switching  
(rigs, antennas, amplifiers, other)? If so, how does your switching scheme help  
7. Are there any other "accessories" that you deem essential to your  
contesting endeavors? If so, what are they, how do you use them and why do you  
feel they are necessary?
8. What contest logging software do you use?  Why did you choose this  
software, how do you use it and what is it about it makes it  important to your 
9. Besides contest logging software, is there any other type of software  
that you feel is indispensable? What is it, how do you use it and why is it 
so  important to you?
10. Is there anything unusual about your computer hardware and software  
that you feel provides you with an edge when you contest?  Please explain  
your setup and what's unique about it.
11. Can you provide a high resolution photo of you and one of these  
filters, switches, accessories, hardware or other devices?  Please attach  the 
photo to this email.

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