Wonder of wonders, this message has nothing to do either with contest rules or
cut numbers. Please don't tune out, hi!
Until recently, I was pretty much of a solitary contester - never had any
occasion to operate in multi-op situations, nor to compare my results with top
Over the last 8-10 years, though, I've built a fairly capable station for the
first time in my 53 year ham career. I've also had a couple of occasions to
operate at multi-ops with some top operators, and I'm struck by the fact that I
do not seem able to consistently get the sort of results they do, even from the
same station. This is particularly the case in hell-bent contests like the CW
Sprints, but I have the same feeling about the first evening in Sweepstakes,
and to a lesser extent in the big DX contests.
To the extent that I can isolate the problem, I think it lies in the inability
to keep myself totally focused in the moment. Even in the midst of a 120-150
hour on CW I find myself not always totally "zoomed in" on the pileup.
Watching good ops, they seem to have a really special focus that I find hard to
maintain, even for a 4-hour sprint.
If there's anything to be done about this, I'd like to try, even though at age
65 I am inevitably losing some of my edge. So I'm wondering what others have
done about this, whether there are particular techniques that you use to help
stay focused. I don't know what I'm looking for here, so any suggestions would
be welcome. If you want to send them to me off the reflector, I'll summarize
73, Pete N4ZR
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