[CQ-Contest] Spotting - not

Ed Sawyer sawyered at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 21 06:12:43 EST 2017

I wanted to clarify my earlier post and offer a correction.  KE1J was indeed also running extensively from Vermont.  So there were 2 of us.  


When I say that I wasn’t spotted on DX Summit, it has NOTHING to do with RBN.  I of course was picked up on RBN.  It obvious within 2 of 3 CQs there is a pile that dies down after maybe 5 – 10 mins.


What I am referring to is DX Summit.  Remember DX Summit?  It’s the place that picks up the manual spots.  Remember those.  Those are the ones you forget to do in the SSB contest because there is no skimmer for SSB.


It was clear, and remains clear, that there is some contingent of assisted CW ops that are not using RBN, or there are stations in areas not easily picked up by skimmers especially as conditions drop in the current few years.


Those that doubt it, ask yourself this?   With skimmers populating bandmaps constantly, why would you all of a sudden get what sounds like a packet cluster pileup after having been on a frequency for over an hour?  Its because it’s a packet cluster pileup – from a manual spot.  Which means that those in the pileup are likely old fashioned packet users.


If you are an old fashioned packet user, you might want to consider spotting what you hear.




Ed  N1UR

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