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Re: [CQ-Contest] How do you get better?

To: Randy Thompson K5ZD <k5zd@charter.net>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] How do you get better?
From: DL8MBS <prickler.schneider@t-online.de>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 13:39:21 +0100
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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 
"finger exercises").

Best 73, Chris


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