[VHFcontesting] Feeling like a frustrated old dinosaur and giving up.

Mark Spencer mark at alignedsolutions.com
Mon Jan 22 22:40:44 EST 2018

At first glance I'm thinking such a rule change would create more incentive to run higher power levels and / or bigger antennas (so one could complete as many SSB QSO's as possible over a given path) ?

At least in Canada I suspect some stations would likely run CW, SSB and Digi modes on the same nominal frequency (basically run the modes with each station..)  I'm doubtful I would want to qsy from my run frequency to work a station on a digi mode and we already run SSB and CW on the same frequencies here in VE7 land (which occasionally causes some confusion when some radios / operators send CW on the exact SSB dial frequency, which is hard to hear on a SSB radio.)


Mark S

Aligned Solutions Co.
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> On Jan 22, 2018, at 7:23 PM, Jeff Stai <wk6i.jeff at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm just thinking out loud, but it seems to me that if you got credit by
> mode - where you could score 1 point each with a station on a band for CW,
> phone, and digital - you'd get a lot more people thinking about moving to
> CW and phone when conditions warrant.
> Might be worth further discussion. 73 jeff wk6i
>> On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 7:17 PM, Walter Murphy <n2wm at centurylink.net> wrote:
>> I agree with Mike!!!
>> I operated from Home and listened a lot. I know some very good distances
>> can be worked with these digital modes but during the weekend tuning up to
>> the Digital Frequencies on 6 meters I heard many S9 to 20 over S9 signals
>> on digital which is a waste of time.  A simple SSB or CW QSO could be made
>> in a fraction of the time.
>> My big objection is that many if not all of these stations on Digital
>> never made one attempt to get on SSB or CW.
>> I find no enjoyment in watching a computer make a QSO.
>> 73
>> Walt Murphy N2WM
>>> On 1/22/2018 9:14 PM, Mike (KA5CVH) Urich wrote:
>>> I guess one should be excited about the enthusiasm over the digital
>>> modes but I'm not.  Events precluded my plans to get back into dong
>>> some contesting with a simple Saturday only rove but was only able to
>>> get on the air in spots a couple of  times.  I have a modest station
>>> for six, a FTdx1200, 3L @ 30', good feedline, with maybe a 1 or 2 watt
>>> return.  For the rove I would have used my FT-991.
>>> The few times I was able to get on ... 50.125 was dead ... I mean
>>> nothing.  Called CQ a few times ... even drug out the FT-817 to
>>> monitor my signal ... sounds good.  Now I spun up and down the band as
>>> I had time and could hear what I presume were digital modes with good
>>> strong signals so my radio is working ... but no one is saying
>>> anything.   Can't we just talk to one another ... I'm sorry if this
>>> offends those who love digital but the dinosaur in me comes out.  To
>>> me the digital modes for the most part are noting more than sending
>>> texts and emails that I can do with my phone.  YAWN.
>>> If you were on phone thank you ... we just didn't catch up with one
>>> another.
>>> So maybe a digital free contest is in order ... hmmmm ... doubt it ...
>>> I'll just get laughed at.
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