[CQ-Contest] FT4 - Robotic Contesting

Chuck Dietz w5prchuck at gmail.com
Wed May 1 08:54:37 EDT 2019

There is a difference between making two or three CQs on the 6m calling
frequency when there is absolutely no stations heard on the band and
calling there when the band is open. Similar to the DX window. There are a
lot of non-contesters that only monitor the calling frequency. Once they
realize the band is open, they will tune around.

Chuck W5PR

On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 7:11 AM Jim Brown <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com> wrote:

> VERY different out west. FWIW, I have ZERO interest in grid-circling
> (which I view as an abortion) and multi-band pursuits. I'm an HF
> contester -- I find VHF contests beyond boring, and use them  as nothing
> more than an opportunity to pick up rare grids.
> I am particularly turned off by the nearly universal practice out here
> (W6) of working nothing but the SSB calling frequencies. I refuse to
> work any station that sits on the calling frequencies, and I've often
> deleted QSOs from my log of stations who I later find doing this very
> unsportsmanlike practice.
> Don't look for me on CW or SSB on 6M -- I'll be on FT8 or MSK144.
> 73, Jim K9YC
> On 4/30/2019 5:32 PM, John Geiger wrote:
> > I hope you are right about people realizing that CW and SSB are more
> > productive on contests. Last year's June VHF contest was an absolute
> > mess.  Almost everyone sat on FT8 with very little on CW and SSB.
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