Re: [azvhf] [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
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"Reasonably confident" are the watchwords here.
Many FT* NILs are, I'm certain, caused by guys simply sending their RR73 once and moving on, no matter HOW LONG it's taken to get to that point. If the QSO has taken a while, the chances of the other station receiving that RR73 on the FIRST OVER are slim. The answering station never logs the Q and, bingo, a NIL ! If you're going to act like you're all big and loud, you might as well be on SSB where you can run a decent rate, instead of on a 40/hour (if that) mode.
On the other hand, when using FT* it's IMPORTANT to ACKNOWLEDGE those RR's or RR73's, at least until you copy the guy you (think) just worked you sending 73, CQ or immediately working someone else. If a guy who's CQing is at all interested in his bust rate, he very well might not log you without SOME indication that you actually received his RRR or RR73. I don't...
BTW, the same goes for meteor scatter modes like MSK144. Be REASONABLY CONFIDENT and/or ACKNOWLEDGE ! Just say no to NIL !
Keith J Morehouse
Calmesa Partners G.P.
On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 8:21 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote: