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CQ WW DX SSB 2010 – Happening Now

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Not much to say except that I really cannot stand to operate in SSB contests. In a CW contest I can be competitive. Hell, even in a RTTY contest I don’t do too bad if I put the time into it. But, with SSB your power has to push out a much wider signal and you can’t filter out adjacent activity. The bands are a mess. I don’t have power; my dipoles are low; I don’t have directional antennas and thus cannot direct my signal to a particular area or relieve some QRM since I have no front-to-back. In an SSB contest one needs directional antennas, power, and last but not least a great headset with good audio output and a footswitch. Also, one needs to make SSB audio files to use with their log for the mundane task of calling CQ or throwing out your call. Your voice goes south very early on in the contest if you don’t.

Anyway, I’m making Qs — slowly and with difficulty. But my heart won’t ever be in an SSB contest unless I am set up for it.

So much easier to work CW or RTTY.

Before I forget, 10m has been totally shut down here in the states — no propogation. I’m hoping that we get an opening to work some 10m, but I’m not counting on it.

Written by Mike

October 30th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Posted in Contesting,Posts

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