[SCCC] Is the IOTA Contest the most difficult DX Contest for Little Pistols?

Tim Goeppinger timgep at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 22 01:04:51 PDT 2010

I have tried the IOTA Contest for about 3 or 4 years now, and in my estimation, it
is the toughest contest for a 100 Watt station with wire antennas.

I don't know what it is about the IOTA Contest that is so difficult, but it seems 
like there is a huge imbalance between the hand full of IOTA stations, and the
thousands of fixed stations trying to work them.

As a non-IOTA station, calling CQ doesn't work because I don't count for much.
So then I have to S&P and get caught up in those Monster pileups.  I can eventually
crack most pileups in the CQ WW or ARRL DX contests, but some of these IOTA pileups are
impossible.  And when I realize I have been yelling myself hoarse trying to work an
island in Texas, I begin to wonder if it is worth the effort.

Any tips or strategy for this contest would be appreciated.  Anyone activating NA-066 this year?


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