[CQ-Contest] Pileups and calling freqs

N4ZR n4zr at comcast.net
Mon Nov 26 17:16:45 EST 2018

I totally agree.  An added fillip - it is extremely likely that cluster 
spots on CW will not be in zero beat with the CQing station, because of 
rounding to the nearest 100 Hz division.  The only thing you're doing by 
*not* tuning off the spot frequency a little is to ensure that you will 
be in zero beat with all the others who make the same mistake.

I prefer just to nudge the big knob, and try to move toward zero beat 
with the CQer. Whatever, it works for me.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 11/26/2018 1:34 PM, Bill kollenbaum via CQ-Contest wrote:
> After listening to howling pileups all weekend, I have a tip for some of the less experienced guys.
> When 5, 10 or 15 guys are all calling on the same freq, especially with AGC on it sounds like one tone with QSB.  Unless you have a huge signal you sound like part of the single tone.  Do yourself a favor and go up or down a bit and call.  You would not believe how many of the lesser signals I responded to since I could hear them slightly up or down.  Since QRM is not as big an issue as back on the mainland I can run with the filters wider and have no problem with guys calling off freq.
> I'm sure many of the big guns have the same issue.
> Bill K4XS (KH7B, KH7XS)
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