[CQ-Contest] How many hours do SOAB entrants actually operate?

Jimk8mr at aol.com Jimk8mr at aol.com
Thu Mar 28 17:29:04 EDT 2013

I don't think there would be many.
Most of the 24 hour people are people like me who have a 24 hour station -  
good enough to have fun in the good hours, and to work the easy multipliers 
on  the low bands,  but not good enough to be competitive after about 30 
hours  when dipoles at 60 feet don't do much on 40 and 80 meters, not to 
mention  160. 
A good op at a big station who decides to compete in a 24-30 hour time  
limited category will always beat my decent station, spending the same  amount 
to time on the air.
73  -  Jim  K8MR
In a message dated 3/27/2013 2:45:02 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
wa5rtg at gmail.com writes:

It would  be interesting to know whether there is some maximum number of 
hours (for  single operators only) that would cause many of those who play 
around for  20-30 hours to go all in.  

How many don't give it a full effort  because they can't go 46 but would 
make the attempt to go 40, for  example?  I wouldn't recommend less than about 
40 or 42 max but would  think it might be a positive to have some required 
off time if the end result  was more activity overall.  Looks like only 3% 
(less than 150 out of  5,000) operate even as many as 36 hours.

There are some who are  passionate about the 48 hours but it can't be many.

Stan,  K5GO

On Mar 25, 2013, at 2:53 PM, David Gilbert  <xdavid at cis-broadband.com> 

> Great info,  Doug.
> That's only the results from the people who submitted  logs, right? I'd 
bet that the curve is skewed even more toward fewer hours for  the people who 
did not submit a log, and I wonder how many of those would be  more 
inclined to submit a log if categories existed for fewer  hours.   I suspect quite 
a few.
> 73,
>  Dave   AB7E

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