[CQ-Contest] FW: CQWW 160 CW: Early Hours Suggestion

Dale Putnam daleputnam at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 30 10:32:30 EST 2016

Jim describes the early problem quite well.. now, take that same description, and face it west..that is what the middle of the country must look at late in the contest.. We have the same trouble working into the East.. early.. and into the WEST late.. that leaves us the middle.. to .... try to work through the RF walls.. both coasts put up.. Guess it is truly Location, Location, Location... but then.. what the .. it is a contest.. and a challenge.. if not.. we wouldn't play.  

Have a great day, 
--...   ...--
Dale - WC7S in Wy

> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> From: k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com
> Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:02:52 -0800
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CQWW 160 CW: Early Hours Suggestion
> On Fri,1/29/2016 9:05 AM, jmaass at k8nd.com wrote:
> > One of the things I did during the "off season" is analyze one of our frustrations: the fact that we can hear Europe at the beginning of the contest, but they*never*  answer us.
> I also experience this operating from NorCal -- during the first hours 
> of a Topband contest, we hear a lot of the better equipped stations east 
> of Chicago, but almost without exception, they don't hear us.  W8JI has 
> analyzed this as a matter of SNR -- the easternmost station has a higher 
> noise level because the path is in darkness to the east, while we, in 
> full daylight, have only daytime noise levels. I believe that another 
> factor is that the east coast stations are all listening to NE RX antennas.
> During those first few hours in daylight, I can work 800 miles with high 
> power, but only on a vertically polarized antenna.
> > One other peeve to address, especially for Europe stations: if you call CQ, PLEASE allow enough time between calls for someone to be heard!  Often, there is insufficient time even for our short 'PJ2T' call to be complete before the next CQ has begun. It's not like 20-meters: Topband requires a bit more listening time to allow for QSB and to allow you to listen on ALL your receiving antennas for those responding!
> Yes, I have the same frustration with stations not listening. Part of 
> listening is trying different RX antennas and digging for weaker 
> signals. You can't do that in 2 seconds!
> 73, Jim K9YC
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