[CQ-Contest] The degradation of multi tasking in contesting

Jukka Klemola jpklemola at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 06:27:13 EST 2015

Having operated two radios for some hundreds of hours, I consider two radio
tasks to be actually a set of clear sequences one can learn and process as
one chain of tasks..

First, it is bizarre and chaotic.
After some hours, the operator starts to understand what parts of
activities are increasing the multipliers or QSO points.
Building scenarios through thinking starts.

Then, filtering out the unwanted tasks and adding productive tasks lead to
better performance.

This reminds me of old threads discussing if using spotting networks add to
score, reduce the score or are indifferent.
Nobody challenges the increased productivity anymore. Not even the ones who
have never used spotting networks.

To me, it has been clear using one radio with one VFO, I have had lots of
time to think about stuff that is not contest related. That is, from
contest point of view I have had idle time. With two radios I have less
idle time.

People are built to switch between tasks. There are things we actively do
and then there are at least some things we worry about or we want to
advance something. Thinking about those items to worry or advance does
exactly the same as adding more contest activity for your brain to process
in a form of a second VFO or second radio.

Adding spotting network information to that gets even more complicated for
the operator.

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2015-01-20 3:40 GMT+02:00 Charles Henry <k4vud at hotmail.com>:

> There is a news article that proposes that multi-tasking is actually not
> as productive as we wish and that lots of incoming information to our
> brains can be mis-routed to the wrong processing locations in the brain and
> to wrong memory locations, too.  The research found that being in a
> situation where you are trying to concentrate on a task, and an email is
> sitting unread in your inbox, can reduce your effective IQ by 10 points.
> It seems that this is the very same situation as doing one QSO while
> knowing that another QSO is waiting on the other frequency in the case of
> One Operator with Two Radios.  Maybe just a QSO just being possible works
> the same as actually having one waiting.   Read the article and make your
> own conclusions?
> You can read the full article at
> http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jan/18/modern-world-bad-for-brain-daniel-j-levitin-organized-mind-information-overload?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
> Meanwhile, remember the pleasure of being forced to think intensely about
> only one thing... such as tightening the bolt while hanging high on a tower.
> 73, Charly
> trying to bring non-electronic-technology discussions to ham radio, too.
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