[WriteLog] P49X Prefill file & Message SO2R vs SO1R

Randy Thompson K5ZD k5zd at charter.net
Wed Jan 7 18:52:14 EST 2015

At the risk of starting another controversy...  

SO2R is a learned skill.  It takes technology and practice to do well.

SO2R does offer a significant advantage - especially on RTTY.  In the
Roundup last weekend I had a 171 hour.  It was 91 contacts on 80m and 80
contacts on 40m.  Because the computer was doing the copying, it was
possible, with some good typing and timing skills, to "run" on two bands at
the same time.  This is a rate that is simply not possible for an SO1R

Even when S&P, having something to do on a second band while waiting for a
QSO to complete provides more "effective operating time" for the SO2R op.

These advantages exist, but are much less pronounced on CW and SSB.  

Not sure SO2R needs to be a separate category, but it would be good if the
contest results indicated SO1R or SO2R in the line score.

Randy, K5ZD

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Radio K0HB [mailto:kzerohb at gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 11:34 PM
> To: John Bastin
> Cc: WriteLog at CONTESTING.COM; k2zr at arrl.net; Don Hill AA5AU; Randy
> Thompson, K5ZD; Gary AL9A; ed at w0yk.com
> Subject: Re: [WriteLog] P49X Prefill file & Message SO2R vs SO1R
> SO2R is learned competitive skill.  If Bill has learned more competitive
> skills than Dick or Sally, then Bill wins.
> 73, de Hans, K0HB/K7
> > On Jan 7, 2015, at 2:53 PM, John Bastin <jebastin at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> >
> >
> >> On 07 Jan 2015, at 16:06, W2GR--- via WriteLog
> <writelog at contesting.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> If 2 ops had the best identical  locations...stacks of  antennas
> >> etc...and
> >> 1 op used 1 rig at a time in a contest and the other  2...the op
> >> using 2 rigs would ALWAYS beat the 1R op....no question..
> >>
> >> I just feel that SO2R should have their own category so we all could
> >> play against our peers...1R against 2R in the same category leaves
> >> the 1R ops always  underneath them...
> >
> > I disagree, if SO2R is an advantage, it's because the SO2R operator has
> worked to develop the additional skills necessary to make it work.
> >
> > I played with SO2R a few years ago, and I found out quickly that
> > working it effectively is *hard*. It takes a lot of practice and a lot
> > of work to build the skills to be a winner using SO2R. The guy using
> > SO2R doesn't win automatically, he may win because he's *learned how
> > to make it work.*
> >
> > I don't really have an opinion one way or another whether SO2R is a
> separate category or not...I'll still run one radio and compete the best
> I can, which is what I think everyone is doing. But I will say definitely
> that if I get beat, you will not hear me complaining about how many
> radios the other op was running.
> >
> > 73,
> >
> > John K8AJS
> > jebastin at fastmail.fm
> >
> >
> >
> >
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