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Re: [CQ-Contest] Efficiently Calling CQ in CW Contests

Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Efficiently Calling CQ in CW Contests
From: Bill Coleman <aa4lr@arrl.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 23:18:28 -0500
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On Feb 26, 2004, at 6:07 PM, Richard J. Norton wrote:

In summary, I use:


without any "TEST" or "K."

I totally agree with Dick here. I also want to add that when I'm trying to copy a station who is sending above a speed I can easily copy (and that would be virtually all of them), a terminal TEST makes my life more difficult.

Here's why. I might just catch the first couple of characters in the callsign, before my brain fritzes out. Then I can sorta memorize the last couple of seconds of the transmission, and replay them in my mind, slowing it down so I can copy the last few characters. But, if the station sends a terminal TEST, I'll recognise that immediately, even at really high speeds, but it wipes out my auditory memory.

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