[WriteLog] ARRL RTTY Roundup 18:00 UTC 5-Jan-2008
Robert Chudek - K0RC
k0rc at pclink.com
Fri Jan 4 12:01:45 EST 2008
In my message below I stated "When did you take your two 3-hour breaks?" When I wrote that sentence, I was thinking about what I typically do. I have been taken them back-to-back during the night.
My statement in the first message is misleading. The contest rules say you take two breaks that total a 6-hour block. These two off-times can be 30 minutes and 5.5 hours, 4 and 2 hours, or whatever you choose. Here's the exact rule:
2. Date and Contest Period: First full weekend of January, but never on January 1. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 2400 UTC Sunday (January 5-6, 2008).
1.. 2.1. Operate no more than 24 hours.
2.. 2.2. The six hours of off time must be taken in no more than two blocks.
It's a good thing we have the practice sessions because I had to correct the exchange (RST + State). This head cold just isn't providing clear thinking! Last night netted only 22 contacts on 80m. When I called Ed, P49X, all I could get was a QRZ? at 50 Watts, but turning up the power to 150 Watts we exchanged info on the first try.
73 de Bob - KØRC in MN
----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Chudek - K0RC
To: rtty at contesting.com ; cq-contest at contesting.com ; writelog at contesting.com ; N1MMLogger-Digital at yahoogroups.com ; Minnesota Wireless Association
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 12:13 PM
Subject: ARRL RTTY Roundup 18:00 UTC 5-Jan-2008
The ARRL RTTY Roundup kicks off at 18:00 UTC on January 5, 2008. You will find the rules here: http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2008/rtty.html
Now might be a good time to review and compare your old RU logs to look at your "performance" from previous years. What were your strong hours? When did you take your two 3-hour breaks? What were your strong states and provinces?
Using the ARRL Roundup Log Analyzer you will find tables and charts that provide the answers. You can download a free copy here: http://chudek.aberon.net/index.cgi?mode=album&album=/Files%20-%20Spreadsheets/Contest%20Log%20Analyzers%202007
Using the ARRL Roundup Contest Scheduler you can plan your strategy for this year's event. You can download a free copy from here: http://chudek.aberon.net/index.cgi?mode=album&album=/Files%20-%20Spreadsheets/Contest%20Schedulers%202008
Both of these tools were created in Excel 2003 but should work with any version. If you don't have the Excel program, you can download a free viewer from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c8378bf4-996c-4569-b547-75edbd03aaf0&displaylang=EN
I'll be looking for you in the contest this weekend!
73 de Bob - KØRC in MN
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