[CQ-Contest] New SO2R trick?

John W xnewyorka at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 31 14:10:26 EST 2018

Another possible explanation is that the big gun was answering the CQ of some far off station that you could not hear.

Another possible explanation is that the big gun was tuning with the second vfo and found you and was queuing you up to be the next qso, then tried calling somebody else on the other vfo but didn't realize that they were transmitting on the wrong vfo.

Another possible explanation is that the big gun has a cat, and he or she stepped away for a potty break, and the cat accidentally stepped on the F4 key a couple times.
From: CQ-Contest <cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com> on behalf of Tom Frenaye <frenaye at pcnet.com>
Sent: Friday, December 7, 2018 1:05:59 PM
To: Art Boyars; CQ-Contest Reflector
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] New SO2R trick?

Hi Art -

I think rather than this being an SO2R "trick" or some other evil, it is most likely by someone
who realizes that the first thing that happens after "fresh meat" shows up in band maps, a whole bunch
of people will call in, all on the same frequency and within 50 hz of each other, making it difficult for the
receiving station (you in this case) to pick out a callsign.

One way for the smart operator to deal with this is to move of or down 50-100 hz and call slightly off
frequency.  Another is to call a second time since 80% or more people call just once.

The first method tends to let the receiving station have a better rate if a few stations are calling off frequency.
The second method prolongs the pileup but can be just as effective for the calling station.
I have used both.

No need to blame SO2R, 2BSIQ, FT8 or any other perceived alien lifestyles.

     -- Tom

At 11:24 AM 12/5/2018, Art Boyars wrote:
>My "fresh meat" Saturday night operation in ARRL 160M Contest can yield
>some nice runs from Big Guns (and mid-Atlantic locals).
>Last Saturday night 1045Z a Big Gun in northeastern North America answered
>my CQ, sending his call twice.  That was unusual.  I wondered if I was
>particularly weak at his station (not likely), and maybe he thought I would
>need the QSX to get his call.
>But now I'm wondering: Could he have been creating a couple of extra
>seconds on transmit so that he could finish copying something (a call
>sign?) on the other radio?
>Are SO2R op's adding this trick to their skill set?

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