delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 36 NUMBER 12

DELARA Contest Team

Larry, K8UT, mentions what's new in N1MM Logger+: "The biggest news, which may be old news to some, is N1MM+'s embedded Spectrum Display. Whereas the basic premise for packet spots is to tell you what happened a while ago at somewhere else, panadapters tell you what it happening now on your antenna. All spectrum analyzers can show you every signal within the scanned frequencies, but N1MM+'s Spectrum Display is optimized for contest operation and allows the operator to ignore signals based on signal strength and desirability (like dupes and mults). Some contest tools - like packet spots and skimmers - automatically classify the station as operating Assisted, but you can use Spectrum Display and still qualify as a non-Assisted contester. You can find more information in the N1MM Logger+ Documentation for the Spectrum Display. Sometimes a contest rule is just a contest rule. A couple of issues ago, the Contest Update contained information related by Bob, N6TV, that would enable Icom radios with USB sound interfaces to supply the 'monitor' audio of what the operator hears during transmit. This capability is driven by the CQ WW DX contest's rules requiring that an audio recording of what the operator hears be made available on request of the judges. This is usually only required of the top competitive entries in each category. There are some SO2R operators that don't believe that it's necessary to record the transmitted audio, since when they operator SO2R, they aren't actually listening to the audio anyway! I emailed Doug, KR2Q, asking whether SO2R operators need to record transmitted audio. Here's what he said: "Well, lots of folks try to see a "spirit" aspect and often can lead to rules clarifications which more clearly define things. But so far, we are sticking with what the rules says. The question you raise is really a question for SO2R guys where they are transmitting "without listening" so that they can listen on different frequency. As the rule is written now, if the operator(s) is(are) not listening to their own audio or sidetone, then we don't need to hear it either. But if the op is, in fact, listening to what they are sending, then we want to hear that too. Just take the rule literally, I guess. Hope this helps. Maybe we'll post a blog about it. Good luck in the contest! de Doug KR2Q on behalf of the CQWW Contest Committee" -ARRL Contest Letter
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