[CQ-Contest] Self-spotting in-debth

Tim Shoppa tshoppa at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 11:02:11 EDT 2015

K0HB writes:
> An assisted operation will result in a higher score. That's the whole
point of using assistance.

Assistance will help score only if it is effectively used.

Effective use for me, means that if I can't work the spot in a few seconds
that I move on to doing something else (CQ'ing, finding other S&P
opportunities, whatever) and come back later.

But there are many other ways small-guns use assistance for a huge variety
of reasons. Maybe they're just looking for new DXCC bands for a few
entities and they never listen to the band. Maybe they're not effective
users of assistance, and they get stuck trying to work the same spot for
many minutes instead of seconds. Or even worse, they waste time chasing
busted spots or effectively unworkable spots. For these guys, assistance
will actually decrease their contest score compared to if they were
actually listening to the band and making Q's.

Tim N3QE

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