[CQ-Contest] ,Don't EU stations use the RBN feeds?

Pete Smith N4ZR n4zr at comcast.net
Wed Nov 30 11:50:01 EST 2016

If people would only set filters on the node to which they are 
connected, not having one's own Skimmer would cease to be a problem.  I 
set an ARCluster filter so that only spots from Skimmers in MD, PA, and 
VA are displayed at all, and my logging software blocks dupes.  The 
CT1BOH filter stops most busts - the only real problem remaining is 
callers being mistaken for runners.  I deal with that by changing 
N1MM+'s Available Window sort order from time to frequency, at which 
point the callers are obvious enough.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 11/29/2016 12:34 AM, sbloom at acsalaska.net wrote:
> What I've seen (in both EU and NA) is that, even folks who use the 
> skimmer/RBN spots tend to ignore them, except for their own skimmers, 
> if they have them.  There is so much data, that it overwhelms.  I love 
> RBN as a tool to see where I'm hitting, but whether I'm running 
> Assisted or Non, can always tell when I hit the cluster.
> FWIW, at this point in the cycle, you bring up an excellent point.  A 
> lot of us still seem to set our strategy on past years.  Part of 
> everyones thinking right now has to be ..
> 1)  Low bands, low bands, low bands.  Earlier than you think and later 
> you think.  That 40M Yagi that you've been on the border of buying? 
>  It's time.  Their are 2 element "Shorty 40" type antennas that are 
> much lighter than you might expect.
> 2)  Please, please, please, consider short 10M openings, even when the 
> MUF says otherwise (well except for those of us in the Far North, a 
> reality TV show star will get elected U.S. President before we can 
> work anything on 10).
> 73
> Steve KL7SB
> On Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:47:47 -0400, Mike Smith VE9AA  wrote:
>       I was wondering something along the same lines Gerry. I tuned 
> across some
> loud EU's both days (vy easily worked), well before SSet and then 
> thought,
> heck, I'll try CQing.
> Found a slot, started hammering away, might get one caller in 5 or 6
> minutes, then I moved as I thought I might be on some UA9's frequency, 
> but
> just can't hear him,
> Move, CQ, one caller for every 5 or 6 minutes, gave up and went back 
> to 20m.
> I know I am not as loud into EU as K2LE or KC1XX, but with about 700w 
> and a
> 4-square on the Ridge here, I do "OK"..
> It was kinda Bizarro-World to hear 40m open this early. I wonder if 
> that is
> normal for this point in the cycle? Anyone comment? I wasn't 
> contesting HF
> 11 yrs ago.
> Also, back to your question, why WOULDN'T the EU's use an RBN feed? (if
> memory serves, from some CQ survey, there are even more assisted ops 
> in EU
> than NA, so it would stand to reason they would)
> Mike VE9AA
> Europe opened to NA very early on 40m this weekend; it was runable from
> K2LE by
> 13:30 local both Saturday and Sunday.
> When I would call CQ, the RBN would light up like a Christmas tree 
> from EU
> skimmers with very good reports.
> However, little would call in until I was manually spotted by a 
> caller, and
> a pile ensued.
> BTW, congrats to the RBN team for quickly bringing the system back up 
> after
> it died!
> (They exceeded a PHP config threshold)... Essentially rebooting CQWW!! 
> :-)
> 73, Gerry W1VE @ K2LE this weekend
> Mike, Coreen & Corey
> Keswick Ridge, NB
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