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Recently the RDXC committee reclassified P3F to high power from low power without publicly providing strong evidence that any infraction had occurred. They concluded was that the contestant was running HP on 80/40m but not full-time, just 10 minutes here and there without any convincing evidence. It appears they used the RBN as their source of information. Should the RXDC contest have to publicly provide convincing evidence before reclassifying a station from LP to HP?

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Randy, K5ZD, wrote a sidebar titled " Convergence and Change" in the 2015 CQWW CW printed results in CQ magazine. He wrote that the "convergence of personal computers, Internet access, DX clusters, and CW Skimmer have changed the nature of CW contesting". He goes to say that it is "more difficult to police the line between the single operator working alone and those who are using the assistance of DX spotting." In light of this convergence and change is it time to recombine SO and SOA into a single category?

What's your primary Software for HF Contests ? ( no VHF/UHF ! )

Are you ready the this year's winter contest season

What ways have you found to be effective to attract newcomers to our hobby?

What is your linear?

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If you've purchased a NEW radio for HF contesting in the last two years, was it:
  Posted: Aug 20, 2001   (723 votes, 10 comments) by k3yd

Survey Results
ICOM 21% (153)
Kenwood 11% (83)
Ten-Tec 7% (51)
Yaesu 39% (280)
Other 2% (16)
No new radio 19% (140)

Survey Comments
New Radio
I just bought a Japan Radio JST-245 from Universal Radio.

The JST-245 has a built-in power supply and antenna tuner, which greatly reduce clutter in the shack. With the optional SSB filters and speech compression, it did very well in the past weekend's CQ WW DX contest. It's 150 watts got out well (with a Heil HM-10-5 mike). The tuner easily tuned up on 80, 40, 15 and 10 with my Carolina Windom 80.

As the QST reviewers noted (12/95), the JST-245 is very satisfying to use. It has excellent audio, and the controls are handy. It does not have DSP circuitry, however, which may be a problem for some (not for me.)

If you don't operate multi-multi, and don't care to monitor dual signals in your stereo headphones, I'd recommend taking a look at it as a straighforward, efficient and compact contest transceiver. (Universal offers a 15-day trial with a re-stocking fee.)

According to K8CC, his NA contest software accomodates the JST-245, which is a plus. However, no regular logging programs that I am aware of accomodate the 245.

The JST-245 is replacing a (used) Omni-VI (Option 2) I've been using. Although I've enjoyed the Omni VI, and view it as a good value, the extra bucks for the new JST-245 are worth it. I will post a review of the JST-245 once some months of operating have gone by.

Posted by W3ULS on October 29, 2001

King of the Roost
The FT-1000D is tough to beat. I beat it every session and it
still works Superbly. DSP nawwwh. Waiting for the real
IF derived DSP, not Audio!!. Long live Yaesu.

Best 73 Bill KB9IV

Posted by Anonymous on August 31, 2001

I bought a new FT1000MP Mark V last year, but I still like the used Icom IC781. No DSP on board, but the receiver is very good.

Posted by K3LR on August 28, 2001

New Radio
Bought an FT-1000D. Nope, it's not the latest and greatest.....but once a dinosaur always a dinosaur !
73 Steve K0SR

Posted by Anonymous on August 28, 2001

New Radio
Bought a new FT-100D for Field Day use. Love it!


Posted by Anonymous on August 24, 2001

NEW radios
This survey reflects my curiosity about what contesters are buying, from among the current crop of products. Is the contesters' choice the MARK V, the '756PRO, or the Omni VI+? Or, were the close-out bargains for the 1000MP & TS950 more appealing?
MY newest transceiver? A PIEXX equipped TS930. Old but still a solid performer.

Posted by k3yd on August 23, 2001

Oldie but goodie
I have an IC 781 that I purchased used from Gerry, W6TER several years ago. I think that it was used when Gerry bought it, so this unit is at least third-hand.

This is the best radio I ever had, bar none. I just had it refurbished by Randy, KK7TV who replaced the electrolytics, put in pin diodes and did a complete alignment. (Randy does a great job on repairs.)

Although this radio does not use the latest technology, and does not have built in DSP, is has a phenomenal receiver. Additionall, it is fully automated in the stn with an IC4KL linear and an Icom EX-627 automatic antenna switch, all of which gives me instant band & antenna changing. I also use a Top Ten Devices Band Decoder to automatically switch an ICE 419 bandpass filter. Additionally, radio control from Write Log, CT and NA has always worked flawlessly with this radio.

I am sticking for now with my oldie but goodie 781.

George, K5KG

Posted by K5KG on August 22, 2001

i didn't buy a new radio in the last 2 years, but if i'd done so, it would have been a K2 or TS850 for sure

Posted by DJ1YFK on August 21, 2001

I've been spending all my radio money on towers and antennas. Sooner or later, though...

Posted by N2MG on August 21, 2001


I had to check "Other", as I have purchased new Kenwood, Yaesu, and Icom radios for contesting and non-contesting within the past two years. I'm still waiting for an Icom IC-781MKII however. 73 Clinton AB7RG

Posted by AB7RG on August 21, 2001

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