Route 66 OTA Sept 11 thru Sept 19th

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by NF7E, Sep 10, 2021.

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  1. NF7E

    NF7E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Route 66 SE starts at 00:00Z on Sept 11th with 22 stations on the air, all with 1X1 calls. The Northern Arizona DX Association started this event in 2000 and it has grown to enormous proportions. Last year the event produced over 50,000 QSOs.
    If you can't work all 22, at least try to work our 3 stations W6G, W6S(Rover 1 ) and W6T(Rover 2). Get these three QSLs and line them up side by side and it shows our area of RT 66 and one long Burma Shave sign that
    is spaced through all 3 cards. More information on - See W6T callsign lookup for most information. Thanks and Hope to C U on the air! 73, Bob, NF7E, NADXA [​IMG]

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  2. WA8MEA

    WA8MEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    No thanks. Tired of two or three "straggler" stations that don't show up until the last day of the event - year after year. When I asked Citrus about this, they said that I shouldn't complain because these guys are volunteering. I replied that Citrus should make sure they have volunteers who are able to be on the air a reasonable amount of time.

    (For you conspiracy theorists, I think it's a deviant plan to process fewer certificates - therefore less work involved... /sarc)
  3. KR3DX

    KR3DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Exactly. When they "volunteer", they should commit to spending a REASONABLE amount of time operating. More than just an hour or two on the last day of the event, just before it ends. Then they make one QSO every two minutes, tediously repeating the same info for every contact when the huge pile-up has heard it dozens of times. Not the time or place for a rag-chew.

    Maybe the method of administering the use of the callsigns for the special event could be handled in a better way. The individual, group, or club that holds the callsign W6x (for example) should open up the use of that call for any volunteer in the area who is interested in operating, not just for those select few in their "clique". They could use an on-line scheduling website to ensure that there is only one station on the air that is using that callsign on a particular band and mode at the same time. This would increase the number of operators and the time that W6x could be on the air.
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  4. KR3DX

    KR3DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm listening to a station that has a HUGE pile-up trying to work him. He couldn't be any slower or more tedious. Very poor pile-up management. He's lucky to work one station per minute. He spent over 3 minutes trying to work one weak station, when he could have worked a dozen strong stations in the same amount of time. He repeats his name and location with almost every contact. Occasionally reports his station equipment and other unnecessary information. Lots of irrelevant comments. He should be exchanging ONLY the necessary info and quickly moving on to the next caller. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, while dozens or hundreds of stations are on freq and trying to work him.
  5. AE1P

    AE1P XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    While I'm not a huge fan of Special Event stations running them "by the numbers"...
    The one W6x that did, was zipping right along...while there is always that handful
    of Lids that forgets what # is in there call...most played by the rules and got in the log...

    As of now, I have worked all but 2, so I hope the conspiracy theorists are wrong...
    (fingers crossed) :eek:
  6. KR3DX

    KR3DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, sometimes "by the numbers" is the only way to manage a pile-up, it's less severe than working split. I heard the W6x working them by the numbers, it was the right thing to do in that situation! Much better than spending a minute or more just trying to pick out a partial callsign while guys keep repeating their calls multiple times as they try to be the last one calling. That slows down the QSO rate to a crawl, something that I heard a few of the event station operators allow to happen. Very poor pile-up management, they create their own problems by letting things get out of control.
  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I "work those I can work" and don't worry about the rest.

    I find the CW operators to be far and away the best of the lot. The SSB ops are just all over the board - from really good to just plain lousy operators. And FT8 on an already crowded 20-meter band is just nonsense. Even if you make the FT8 contact, good luck ever seeing your "73" to conclude the cycle.... everyone calling on top of everyone else - half of whom are just blindly calling the RT66 station - never having even seen the guy send a CQ - he's just calling blindly hoping to decode in the RT66 waterfall.

    But waiting for the 2 or 3 stragglers to create a giant choking pileup-fest on the last day of the event is just dumb.

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  8. KO4CQ

    KO4CQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Managed to work one station in St. Louis. The rest, I presume are in AZ, which is off the end of my wire antenna. I haven't been able to hear them at all. Does anyone know where the other W6x stations are located?
  9. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    All up and down the old Route 66 highway - that's the whole point. Chicago to LA.

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  10. K6DWI

    K6DWI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I for one am happy to see that people are willing to give up their free time to promote the hobby.
    Those who take the time to help me make a contact with my little 100 watt radio and mediocre antenna
    should be praised for their patience and perseverance.
    Weather I get 1 or all 22 on SSB, CW, FT8, or other
    Thanks to all who make this event possible.
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