[CQ-Contest] High Rate Dual Radio CQing

Eric Gruff eric at e4consult.com
Tue Dec 8 17:26:31 EST 2015

Just to add my $0.02 to all these discussions on categories and assisted/unassisted.

I think for single operator, at least, there should only be categories based on power. If I'm running SOHP one radio unassisted, I have a much better chance (based on my experience) in beating an assisted op (also one radio) in the same power category than I do against SO2R at HP. Yet, if the SO2R op isn't using assistance, he's lumped in with me as unassisted. I have run both assisted vs unassisted (one radio) in many contests, and I'm not convinced that packet spots and the like make a huge difference other than to complete sweeps and find rare multipliers. From what I can tell, SO2R is a huge advantage, so why would I have to compete against that category as "unassisted"?

Let's just assume that SO2R, packet use (or not), dual watch receivers, etc. are all just tools that good ops can use to their advantage. Power categories are a way to balance things out, but you can argue that we should also have categories for antennas. At any power level, does an op using a single multiband dipole or vertical stand any chance against another station with multiple 100' towers and huge monoband yagis, etc.? Talk about an unfair competition! I'm not complaining here - I just think most of what we're arguing over is completely random in the big picture.

73 and see you this weekend (using HP, one radio and a very long inverted vee antenna, probably with "assistance" from the spotting network).

Eric NC6K

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