[CQ-Contest] Summary of Software and Transceivers used by WRTC teams

Gerry Hull gerry at yccc.org
Mon Aug 6 14:07:30 EDT 2018

Perhaps not talk-power, but headroom.  Even with a lot of compressions,
with a 100w average, the 200w would give you a lot of headroom and keep the
signal very clean.
As a ref, I watched the power meters a lot.   One of my team ops was using
a TS-850.  It had quite a problem on the transmit ALC.  The first Dit on CW
would light the red button and the first syllable on SSB would do the same.
If power was backed off to only light the green indicator,, it would still
fire the red on first dit and syllable.    I did not like that.  The other
radio was a K3, and it was fine.

Overall, I noticed that teams that had a huge concentration on technical
innovation did not do as nearly as well as those who stuck to the solid
basics.   There seems to be no substitute for operating experience and
While tech innovations are interesting and advance the state of the art
(and perhaps a slight advantage), they also have a huge potential to be
distracting and time-consuming, perhaps taking your mind away from things
like "Am I on the right band?".


Gerry W1VE

On Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Jeff Clarke <ku8e at ku8e.com> wrote:

> Bob, They are already doing this.
> They had a box connected to each radio that would indicate to the referee
> that you were running more than 100 watts.  I would assume they would just
> then ask the competitor to turn their power down if it indicated over 100
> watts.  I believe they had a similar device in WRTC 2008 in Boston as well.
> Jeff
> On 8/6/2018 07:43 AM, Bob Burns W9BU wrote:
>> Bob, I put together my own list, but only looked at the top 10 finishers.
>> Among the top 10 finishers, there were 7 Yaesus, 6 Icoms, 4 Elecrafts,
>> and 3 Kenwoods.
>> Also, among the top 10 finishers, 6 of them used Wintest and 4 used N1MM
>> Logger+.
>> One of my elmers points out that doing well in this event has a lot more
>> to do with the skill of the operators than the tools they are using. He
>> also points out that slight differences in propagation and the noise level
>> at each site are also a factor.
>> This elmer goes on to say that in any ham population with a large
>> concentration of Europeans, you will find less interest in Elecraft and
>> N1MM Logger+.
>> Does a 200 watt radio running at 100 watts provide more "talk power" on
>> phone than a 100 watt radio? Boy, I don't know. If that's true, then
>> further defining the power limits may be something for the organizers to
>> look at.
>> Bob...
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