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ARRL September VHF Contest   2017   Sep 9   Claimed Score

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Call: W3IP
Operator(s): W3IP
Station: W3IP

Class: Single Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 17
Remote operation

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:342133Total Score70,889


Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club

Comments:     [email]     2017-09-11 08:31:26
Conditions and participation on all bands seemed down a bit except for a nice opening to Illinois and Wisconsin during the last hour of the contest. I had a receive oscillation problem with my 2 meter transverter which occasionally obliterated signals, causing lots of requests for repeats. Sorry about that. That should be fixed soon. As others have noted, there are a lot of technology changes that have affected VHF contesting in recent times. Many years ago, the "XT" and "AT" computers (which could cost $2K - in those days) could replace paper logs and automatically check for dupes. Now for half the dollars, a computer, a graphics card, and 3 monitors can simultaneously receive and display multiple chat rooms, packet clusters, a local CW skimmer, WSJT-X, a pan adapter, contribute to propagation monitors, and still have cycles left to log contacts and check for dupes with a far more complex logging program. Since the days when everyone wrote out paper logs, new RF hardware provides far better radios that do a much better job pulling in weak signals and handling strong signal environments. New solid state power amplifiers can be built smaller and more reliably (no more tune up). Improvements in antenna modeling techniques have given us antennas with more gain and better patterns on the same boom length. Each of us have to judge whether any or all of these new technologies adds or subtracts from our enjoyment of the hobby. Paper logging is still an option (for a while). Regarding FT8 (and MSK-144 to a lesser extent), I think we are still in a learning phase as a group. While both modes are great weak signal communication tools, they can be both poorly used in places where there is a high density of active hams. It is OK - actually preferable - for FT8 and MSK-144 operators to be transmitting at the same time (i.e. on the same sequence) as their neighbors. I have seen and heard of several recent examples of nearby high power stations operating on opposite sequences from each other. Neither had a chance of hearing a weak signal. Although there is no way to force it, new WSJT-X operators REALLY should read the latest manual!! Many either didn't know about (or didn't care) about the contest mode option for FT8 and WSJT-X which led to many other operators being unnecessarily frustrated. Thanks to all the rovers and portable stations for getting out there and putting more grids on the air! 73, Mike, W3IP