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Re: [CQ-Contest] "?" not equal to "QRL?"

To: James Cain <cainjim@mindspring.com>, cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] "?" not equal to "QRL?"
From: Barry <w2up@mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 21:23:21 +0000
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>

James Cain wrote:
> When I was a big-time CW traffic handler in high school, after each message 
> sent the receiving operator would send one DIT to indicate he'd received it 
> and was ready for the next one. Efficiency was everything. (I learned this 
> from W0BDR, who was blind -- he typed and read his messages on a Braille 
> writer, sent with a bug, and never, ever made a mistake or asked for a fill. 
> Sort of a cyber operator.) 
> Today, contesting is ham radio's efficiency showcase. So, I may change my 
> procedure. To check if a frequency is in use I could just send one DIT. This 
> would reduce my electricity bill. 
> On a related subject, now that full break in (QSK) is built into most rigs, 
> why not just continuously send "CQ TEST K1TN QSK" and wait for someone to 
> send a DIT? Think of the wear and tear this would save on the F1 key.
> jim cain, K1TN/9
I'd rather wear out my F1 key than my xcvr relay!


Barry Kutner, W2UP             
Newtown, PA                     

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