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Bet plenty of the single Qs are busted calls. Had an email last week from K0MD asking whether I had worked them yet on 40 and I hadn't. K0MD got his Q logged as me.
Practical example. Wanted my son, a brand new tech to work them on 10 SSB. His first rare one. No way he's going to waltz into such a q with my 43' vertical. The brief openings on ten, amid our local rain, will be be dominated by big guns filling slots.
Similarly long suffering diehard VHF DXers will have to duke it out on six with HF big guns who will clutter the band just for a slot-fill.There's a legitimate way to test one's station on many bands: It's a contest.
It's eye-opening to see how one does against The Real Big Boys in the CQWW. Working a stinkin' rock 2,000 miles away over and over for weeks means nothing.
Rather you like it not Jeff . LEADERBOARDS ARE HERE TO STAY. Maybe to you working Malpelo Island means nothing but to the thousands that did work them It meant something.
So my question to you is , If it means nothing to work a station on a rock 2000 miles away , WHY did you work them in the first place ?
You may not think leaderboards are a contest but I disagree. They just are not what YOU think a contest should be or is.
I view the leaderboard as a endurance contest. Where you must fight for the contact in a pile up most likely . Where TIME is also a key factor. The first op that works them will be in the lead. It is where you must spend hours and hours of listening to achieve best success. Other words it takes a little more skill than watching the packet spots.
Leaderboard takes a NEW or Different type of SKILL to be successful Now on T32C if you were a world class op at CW you could NOT be no# 1 without doing SSB / RTTY / FM / PSK63. Is this a contest ? I say yes BECAUSE there is a No#1 spot and a No# 100. So rather you or anyone likes it or not DX operations that use the leaderboard declare their operation a contest or competition of sorts !
My quest to be No# 1 on a leaderboard had NOTHING to do with testing my station. It was about being No#1 on the leaderboard. I already know the station I built is very good station.
Could I compete against top contester in WWCQ-CW ? NO NO NO ! It is NOT my station that lacks , for two of the best contesters in the world designed and help build it . I admit I lack the skill needed to win at such a competition .
I truly admire ALL successful contest operators.
But what the leaderboard does is give me and many ham ops a CHANCE to WIN at SOMETHING SPECIAL. Somewhere I CAN compete and do WELL AT!
I have been in 100's and 1000's of pile ups. And it is not the leaderboard that make the pile ups! It is the DX station in the Want !
Let BS7H come back on the air and see how big the pile ups will be . NO leaderboard !
The 2007 BS7H operation the cw pile ups were 50 kc wide and very deep !
Jeff I have done a Log search of your contacts with T32C and HK0NA and HU2DX . That was enough to tell me , you are either a very busy person with NO TIME for DXing or you are NOT a DXer at all and only want to VENT YOUR ANGER !
If you listen in and long enough to the many pile ups as I have . You will find that there is a BIGGER PROBLEM that ham radio faces than the leaderboards !
P.S I have withdrawn from ALL competition on Leaderboards and will resume my normal DX activity . Other words Jeff and every one else , you do not have to worry about me bumping you out of No# 1 slot on the leaderboards. I QUITE! After all what more do I have to PROVE after T32C using 100 watts ?
I filled as many of the band slots that I could with HK0NA because I wanted to , I could do it and I had fun. I am NOT chasing the DX Challenge either. No awards either . I did it because I love DXing and Ham Radio ! I spent the TIME and MONEY to build a station and develop my skills. I want to USE the station and my time and ability before I die ! with 100 watts!
The reason I spent many stressful hours learning about rtty psk and drilling on RufzXP/ Morse Runner/ CW Freak/ LCWO . Was simply to be a better operator and enjoy ham radio to the fullest.
Congratulation to your son for becoming a new ham.
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