I think you should never time your calls on the second radio according to
your CQ but whenever you find someone on the second radio you should be able
to call him instantly meaning that it will interrupt your CQ. TR LOG and
WinTest that I use now for logging let you send a dummy CQ to A Radio again
right after completing your call on the 2nd radio. WinTest lets you do even
more. You can create scenarios to make the whole process really smooth and
thus stations on your run frequency don't even notice you being away other
than some interrupted messages.
But the interruption is no problem I think as it is more important to be in
the air with your CQ. I always listen to A radio with my left ear while
working station on Radio B, thus you can always send QRX or report to
someone who comes back or answer any QRL-s.
The most digusting thing are those guys who just land on your frequency and
start CQ immidiately. That happens disturbingly often those days and often
when you are trying to copy a weak station who is sending his call to you
----- Original Message -----
From: "Guy Molinari" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 3:08 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] SO2R technique
> I'm an SO2R newbie. Now that I have a basic CW SO2R setup off the ground
> (one DX contest and one domestic contest so far) the first problem that I
> have encountered revolves around operating technique.
> The problem.
> How do I time and synchronize my callls on the second radio without
> interrupting the CQ'ing on the run radio. It seems to me that the
> priority is effectively soliciting Q's on that radio while quickly working
> good stuff on the second. I'm finding that it is NOT EASY (like any good
> skill that must be acquired). I find that whenever the station I'm
> to call pauses to listen for an answer, my run radio is still
> The most obvious solution is to turn auto cq off when I find a new station
> to work on the second radio and turn it back on when searching for another
> one. This leaves my run frequency vulnerable. Especially to the guys to
> tune to a QRG (mine) wait a half second. Send QRL?. Wait another half
> second. And then proceed to tell me that I should QSY.
> There must be a better way. Thoughts?
> 73 - Guy, N7ZG
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