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

RT Clay rt_clay at bellsouth.net
Tue Jan 23 08:44:00 EST 2018

Multi-mode works in a big HF contest where there are lots of people on and also different modes are forced to use different frequencies by license regulations.

On VHF+ it would just lead to manufactured contacts: around here people would just sit on 144.200 and cycle through the possible modes.


On Mon, 1/22/18, Jeff Stai <wk6i.jeff at gmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] Feeling like a frustrated old dinosaur and giving up.
 To: "Walter Murphy" <n2wm at centurylink.net>
 Cc: vhfcontesting at contesting.com
 Date: Monday, January 22, 2018, 9:23 PM
 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
 Might be worth
 further discussion. 73 jeff wk6i
 On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 7:17 PM, Walter Murphy
 <n2wm at centurylink.net>
 > I agree with
 > I operated
 from Home and listened a lot. I know some very good
 > 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
 > My big
 objection is that many if not all of these stations on
 > 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
 >> 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
 >> another.
 >> So maybe a
 digital free contest is in order ... hmmmm ... doubt it
 >> I'll just get laughed
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