Presentation on theme: "Contest Operating – Single Op Assisted"— Presentation transcript:
1 Contest Operating – Single Op Assisted Bill Hider, N3RR
2 Single Operator Assisted - SOA Early years – Local nets1960s, 1970s & 1980s – Spotting nets on 2MSome of us entered as Single-Multi before SOA was availableThen single operator plus PacketFINALLY:1989 – CQ Introduces Single Operator Unlimited1990 – ARRL Introduces Single Operator AssistedWhy would anyone use this mode???Why would you want to help your competitors?
3 To Have Fun On The Bands & With TECHNOLOGY!! WHY Single Operator Assisted?To Have Fun On The Bands & With TECHNOLOGY!!Let’s individual “little-gun” & “big-gun” single-opsuse the band-hearing abilities of Real-Big-Gunsand compete for the QSOs that they would not otherwisework.But, For N3RR, It’s the FUN & Technology!
4 WHY Single Operator Assisted? Club members who are serious about the club scoreCasual operators will improve their scores using Packet networksSmall stations that want to work more QSOs than they otherwise would
5 WHY Single Operator Assisted? How About You?WHY Single Operator Assisted?Want to hear more than you can work?Want to know what band to go NOW?Want to have MORE FUN?Want to be in the Packet pileups more often?
6 How Do You Play Single Operator Assisted? There are several ways:Use Packet & work the spots as they come outUse Packet but run & run & run until you can’t, then work the spotsUse Packet, run & run, then go to the “rare” ones as they are put-outUse Packet to give you an idea where to be, but otherwise, just pretend you’re a SO
7 How Does N3RR Play Single Operator Assisted? 1. Use Packet & work the spots as they come out – I have. It’s fun! Catch my technology presentation.2. Use Packet but run & run & run until you can’t, then work the spots – Ugggh, sounds too serious3. Use Packet, run & run, then go to the “rare” ones as they are put-out – Could get distracted (per K3WW – Single Op Distracted) This is FUN, but results in lower scores.4. Use Packet to give you an idea where to be, but otherwise, just pretend you’re a SO – Ugggh5. Optimize your station for Packet spot reception & response – That’s Me!
8 How Does N3RR Play Single Operator Assisted? Station Design(ref:N3RR station is designed for DX contesting using stacks on 20/40With high antennas on 160/80But, any tri-bander with wires on 160/80 will work for SOA.I do not use 2-radios. Too complex to operate & too much like work.Tried it, don’t like it.The integration of technology & automation into the N3RR station allows me to have a pretty good score and still have FUN!
9 How Should You Play Single Operator Assisted? Station DesignSmall station? One antenna/band? One radio? Small lot? I had that from 1978 – 1994.Well, I’d advise using SOA & Packet to ASSIST you, not distract you.Use the spots. Run when you can. Keep you “personal best” in front of you – go for “a better personal best”!You can incorporate technology:Point & shoot antenna controlAutomated keyboardSimple, easy to use, logging softwareFast band switching to and from the spots – solid state equipment
10 How Does N3RR Play Single Operator Assisted? N3RR Station
11 How Does N3RR Play Single Operator Assisted? N3RR Station
12 How Does N3RR Play Single Operator Assisted? N3RR Station52 ftTower134 ftTower
13 How Does N3RR Play Single Operator Assisted? One radio – IC-781One amplifier – PW-1 (Solid-state switching)Multiple antennas Rx & TxAutomated keyboardOther automation 9AM)Point & shoot antenna rotating (mostly)Items to minimize work, maximize fun, and minimize headaches
14 N3RR – Technology in Contesting 9:00 AM Tomorrow!
15 Should You Play Single Operator Assisted? If you’re a SO now, and not #1 in the pack, here’s what SOA will do for you:Increase your scoreIncrease your funKeep you level of interest UP.Not tire you out as quicklyGive you a thrill when you beat out a big-gun in the pileupGive you a thrill when you are the first one to a spot!Give you a thrill when you beat your previous personal bestGive you a thrill to be part of the SOA team which meets on spot frequencies within 4 seconds of the putout every single time!
16 Here’s a Secret Weapon for Single-Op Success! Attitude Determines ResultsWhen you’re in a pile-up, wanting to work that “rare” DX station, the DX station doesn’t know you’re using a dipole at 40 feet with 250 Watts. Just assume, in your mind, that you’ve got a 199 foot tower with a 4-stack on the band of interest and a 1.5 KW amp tuned to 1:1 SWR. Then jump into the fray.You will be pleasantly surprised at the result!Is this scientific? Is this logical? Maybe not, but it works.Reference: “Think and Grow Rich”, by Napoleon Hill