[CQ-Contest] FT4 - Robotic Contesting

Michael Clarson wv2zow at gmail.com
Thu May 2 11:02:36 EDT 2019

Jim: A few years ago, 2M was open from NJ to MN. A local here in NJ was
working guys one after another on the calling freq. Then, I heard 2 guys in
MN on the calling freq complaining  that the frequency was too crowded to
work anyone! Standard practice has been in areas with very little VHF
activity is to monitor the calling freq, and when a new station shows up,
everyone works the new one.  BTW, on FT8, everyone is on the calling freq,
and that is OK. --Mike, WV2ZOW

On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 8:10 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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