Randy Thompson K5ZD wrote:
>- Search and pounce in a contest using low power. Almost everything I
>learned about busting pileups came from my early years in ham radio with 100
>watts and wires in trees. You take a different approach when you are not
>the loudest guy in the pileup. Learn that different approach and then be
>amazed when you apply it while running a KW!
Then do it with qrp to improve your mental strength even more ;-)
>- W4AN used to do work in his shack with two radios turned on listening to
>two different stations. He would practice copying both. You probably won't
>be able to copy solid on both, but you will learn how to quickly shift focus
>back and forth. The goal is to get this skill happening without thinking.
For getting feet wet in SO2R without risking much on the air: feed
MorseRunner in WPX-mode to one ear and the audio of your radio doing S&P
to the second ear. You may even make a small 15-minute competition for
yourself: muliply the number of MR-qsos with the number of decoded
callsigns (each on a different frequency!) on the radio.
And many thanks Randy for the first chapter of something that may grow
into a "training handbook for contesters" - hopefully we are not one of
that activities where most frown on any "bare training" other than
practising the "real thing" (like some musicians being disgusted about
Best 73, Chris
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