[CQ-Contest] Self-spotting in-debth

Ed Sawyer sawyered at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 30 14:05:35 EDT 2015

W2IRT says "In 2015 it's crazy to expect a medium-sized station to spin the
knob and operate unassisted if that station wants to have a shot at 2M or
3M. Maybe once, but not any longer. "


Really?  I operated 2012, 2013, and 2014 SOAB Unassisted LOW POWER and had
final scores from 3.9 Million to 4.9 Million points.  I have a 2 tower
station with both towers 70 ft high.


There are 11 other scores in the same 3 year period, all over 2 Million from
SOABLP Unassisted stations and almost all have single towers.  Many no
higher than mine.


While I think its becoming greatly unfair for spotting to be subjective and
a popularity contest given how critical getting spotted is to stations like
W2IRT (and I think he represents the majority out there), thankfully its not
at all crazy to make great scores just spinning the dial.  A lot of us not
only still do it - we love doing it.




Ed  N1UR


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