Re: St. Pat's Soapbox--my view


The contests for me are a form of enjoyment ..... I don't take em too seriously .... I try to get on as much as I can during a contest because I believe I am the only PSK31 station on the air from Mississippi and I know that I can be a multiplier for stations ..... I also believe that as members of PODXS we should support the Club by participating in Club sponsored events ...... I have won a few events over the years .... win lose or draw I have always enjoyed em as a form of relaxation.....not good for the blood pressure to take em too seriously ... hi hi    


On Sunday, March 22, 2020, 03:32:59 PM CDT, Peter, NN9K #2629 <nn9k.peter@...> wrote:

OK I’ll admit it, I’m old, crotchety and the governor says I have to stay in the house! So you can agree or disagree with what I am going to say, but I have to say it!


I would bet that 90% of the folks operating in the St. Pat’s PSK contest have never seriously or semi-seriously contested and it shows. PSK is not a fast mode for making contacts but some operators make it even slower.


There is a rhythm in making contacts in any contest:

--Station AAA calls CQ contest.

--Station BBB answers either by sending AAA de BBB or depending on the contest just sends his call BBB.

--Station AAA acknowledges BBB (this is important if more than one station answers the CQ) by sending BBB and the required exchange, turns it back to BBB by sending de AAA or BK.

--Station BBB acknowledges the receipt of the exchange and sends his exchange: QSL exchange and BK or de BBB.

--Stations acknowledges the receipt of BBB’s exchange and moves on: TU QRZ contest.


A definite rhythm to the exchange is established and all the required information is passed in a minimum amount of time, acknowledged and everyone gets a contact point.


But what happens in this scenario?

--Station AAA calls CQ contest.

--Station BBB answers the CQ with AAA de BBB and sends his information.

--Station AAA acknowledges the information and sends his exchange.

--Nothing more is heard from station B!


So station BBB you didn’t acknowledge the report so you won’t be logged!

I had this happen several times in the St. Pat’s contest as well as in past PODSX070 contests. Station BBB all you did was waste my time.


Let’s talk about the Contest Exchange.

From the rules for the St. Pat’s contest—Exchange: Callsign, RST and State/Province/Country (SPC)   eg: “W9SMR 599 FL”


That is all of the information that needs to be exchanged. I don’t care about your city, grid square, PODXS number or eye color. Sending unneeded information just slows things down!


My two most hated words in a SSB or digital contest: PLEASE COPY. What d0 you think I am going to do with it???


I will admit that any more my contest participation is limited. Hard keeping BIC! Even though I rarely operate PSK outside the PODXS070 contests I do enjoy them, especially the ones with six hour blocks so as long as I am able you’ll see me there.


So agree or disagree with what I have written but as I said in the beginning—I had to say it.

Peter, NN9K

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