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

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] How do you get better?
From: "Shelby Summerville" <k4ww@arrl.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:03:34 -0400
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Randy Thompson K5ZD wrote: "Work RTTY contests to learn SO2R skills.  In 
RTTY, the computer is doing the brain work and the QSOs have a fairly 
consistent timing and pattern.
This frees you to practice the keyboarding skills of jumping between the two
logging windows.  For even higher level of practice, try running on two
bands at the same time (while never transmitting on two bands at once).  The
goal is to do it so smoothly that no one listening can tell what you are

Using any contest, to improve ones skills, at the inconvenience of another 
participant, IMHO, is  inconsiderate! I cannot count the number of lost 
contacts, both for me, and the station I was calling, because they chose to 
make me wait, while they were completing a contact on their other radio. 
This is especially true with RTTY, as the exchange(s) usually take longer 
than any other mode? If you're calling CQ, you should be ready to answer 
any/all callers, not make them wait? When the aforementioned goal is 
attained, then, and only then is one completely ready for SO2R operation?

C'Ya, Shelby - K4WW 

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