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How I wish I were a rare DX station in a contest

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If I were operating from a rare DX location in a contest, the first thing I would do is make sure my exchanges are nice and wordy… I’d personalize things a bit more than the typical contester. I’d have the software automatically look up the name of the station I’m working and the macro would send them a greeting, give them my name, tell them about the weather at my DX location, and then repeat the required exchange ingredients twice. I’d also make an extra effort to respond to the weakest signal that I could reliably copy. The stations with stacked antennae and 1.5 KW wouldn’t be guaranteed priority service. Doesn’t matter though. Everybody wants to work the rare DX mult.

Why would I do this? Because I could. Let’s face it, when you’re rare DX in a contest, everybody’s ears [and eyes, in RTTY] are on you. You could seriously ruin the rate of a contester in about 30 seconds. So many contesters are so concerned about improving their rate, because improving rate will typically improve score. I can’t fault them for that. We all want to see our callsigns in the top ten [or better] on the 3830 reflector. But, in the quest for the best rate some contesters give up contest ethics and common decency, becoming rude and omitting crucial exchange information.

Unlike typical DX, who shorten things up by not providing their call very frequently because they are in a pileup and need to maintain efficiency, I’d be sure and ID after every Q. Imagine, actually giving the people who are trying to work you a fighting chance by giving them your callsign before they work you. Heck, it’d also save me some trouble because once somebody spotted my call incorrectly on the cluster, the station just tuning in as a result of that spot could quickly determine what my true call was and wouldn’t waste everyone’s collective time making an invalid contact with the wrong callsign in the log.

I’d also make sure I’d work only the last 5% of the contest period. All the contesters who have a chance at a top 10 spot would be frothing at the mouth looking for just one more elusive multiplier. And, a Q with me could easily increase their score by thousands of points.

Just the thought of being able to throw off the rate of the fanatics makes me giddy like a schoolgirl. I could actually be the difference between somebody getting the #1 slot and the #2 slot.

Written by Mike

March 23rd, 2011 at 2:12 pm

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