> In a contest like CQWW CW, 30 seconds is an eternity
> and an unreasonable amount of time to listen to a freq.
I don't recall seeing the number "30 seconds" cited. I take "some tens of
seconds" to mean 20. That's only one QSO at a rate of 180. I don't think
it's unreasonable. There are many more foolish ways to lose a QSO than
listening before you transmit.
> Do that, and you'll hear someone else grab it first.
This only seems like a good reason, but:
1. if the frequency was really available, you'd probably take it the moment
you heard someone else's "?" before letting him grab it (I know I would),
2. the guy trying to work the JT would respond to the other guy's "?" and
you'd learn the frequency was occupied in less than 20 seconds.
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