Q: European stations complained a lot for the short time you applied during the best openings towards Europe. It has been your strategy or what?
A: QUITE THE CONTRARY!!!!!!
This is a MOST interesting point of discussion!
If you look at our logs, we spent MORE time working Europe than working North America. Our ClubLog statistics however show that North America had 58% of the contacts, Europe 32% and Asia 6%.
WHY, then, if MORE time was spent working EU, was EU about half the number of NA contacts???
Simple answer: RATE. Period.
When you listened to us working NA, we could cruise right along at 300-350 Q’s/hour. When working EU, we would be extremely lucky to see rates of 125 Q’s/hour. EU signals are as strong, if not stronger than NA signals, in the Caribbean. The west coast U.S. is much harder to work than EU.
Here is a quote I received after I returned home. It is from a well-known DXer in Europe:
“I listened to XXX working US pile-up on 80m. Fantastic, at least 10 QSO’s minute and when he turned to listen for Europe, the rate was only 10 % of that. Same on the other bands and modes.”
The problem is THROUGHPUT. Rate. Efficiency. Cooperation. Whatever you want to call it.
For the time we spent working Europe, we should have MORE contacts than with North America, but that did not happen. I COULD have happened!
No one more than me would like to have seen the EU Q’s outnumber NA Q’s. For the “next one” I have some helpful suggestions to help those in EU to be more successful.
Here is what I see are the issues:
This advice should be taken by all, not just EU ops.