[CQ-Contest] RBN Spots?

donovanf at starpower.net donovanf at starpower.net
Mon May 30 17:33:32 EDT 2016

Hi Eric, 

Something is wrong with your analysis. You were spotted 
one hundred times during just the last 30 minutes of the 


How did you conclude that you were spotted only five times during 
the entire contest? 


----- Original Message -----

From: "Eric Gruff" <egruff at cox.net> 
To: CQ-Contest at contesting.com 
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2016 5:18:33 PM 
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] RBN Spots? 

This is hugely helpful. I've been contesting a long time, and never paid 
much attention to being spotted (I just assumed it happened when someone 
liked your call or took pity on you). This past weekend, I operated SOAB low 
power, and was spotted less than five times the whole contest despite 
calling CQ for hours (in total). The last two spots were within five minutes 
of each other with 30 minutes to go on Sunday afternoon. Other LP stations 
in Southern CA were spotted throughout the contest, and two local hams that 
I know were easily spotted over a dozen times throughout the weekend. I was 
beginning to think that I was being discriminated against until I read this 

I was calling only "CQ TEST NC6K", and if the responses are correct (thanks, 
N4ZR), I sabotaged myself by not using duplicate CQs and my calls. Something 
to try next contest - my rate went up appreciably each time I was spotted, 
so I can only agonize over how many Qs and points I caused myself to lose. 

Oh well. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? 

As the commercial says, I wonder what else I've been missing? 

Eric NC6K 

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