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Subject: [CQ-Contest] ROTTEN OPERATING
From: K0LUZ@topsusa.com (K0LUZ)
Date: Thu Jan 3 09:43:42 2002

I always enjoyed listening to KH6BZF (blooming zipper flipper) in a phone
contest.  He would always have a snappy remark or comeback to almost every
qso.  May have hurt his rate a bit,  but I'll bet he made up for it in
additional qso's overall.


> Wonderful response!  It forms the basis for a wonderful debate
> Gerry.  You
> are definitely correct that each of us is marketing our station if we are
> using a run radio.  The part that makes a contest interesting is
> that each
> of us has a different "marketing plan".  It wud be dull indeed if
> we tuned
> the band only to hear a chain of run radios churning out all computer
> generated CW at 37 wpm.  I have no idea who first stated that "variety is
> the spice of life", but it is also the lure of a contest.
> Enough from here.........Happy New Year to all for the last time (I think
> it's illegal to say it after January 2nd)
> 73 de Frank W8HO  ex  WB8ZEV
> At 09:42 AM 1/2/2002 -0500, you wrote:
> >The recent thread on CW speed is an interesting one.
> >
> >When you are running in a contest, you are marketing your station.
> >"Hey, please come work me.  In and out, fast and efficient.
> >I am a competent operator and we will be done as quickly as possible."
> >
> >How do you get that message across?  Here's some of the techniques
> >I use. Probably old news for 90% on this reflector, YMMV, IMHO, etc...
> >
> >- Call CQ in short bursts.
> >   If your doing S&P, you should be tuning quickly for stations.  If you
> >   hear "CQ TEST CQ TEST CQ TE..." hopefully you've tuned by
> that station!
> >
> >- Find the "sweet spot" of CW speed for the contest you are in. Somewhat
> >   contrary to the opinions here, I tend to keep my speed fairly
> >   high, typically 35-37 WPM.  Too slow (say below 27 wpm) and you'll run
> >   into the same "long CQ" problem.  Too fast, and you'll limit the
> >   audience.  However, I believe the top end of speed is somewhat open.
> >   If you're a DXPedtion or rare QTH, you can use speed to modulate the
> >   depth of a pileup.   Faster is very good in you're managing a
> >   packet-spot pileup.
> >
> >   Rarely do I slow down if a station is QRS.  If they ASK for QRS, sure.
> >   Otherwise, I assume they can copy me.  Typical contest exchanges are
> >   pretty simple, other than SS.  Even that is not bad -- they can listen
> >   to prior QSOs to get static information.  It is a rite of passage for
> >   a new contester to sit and listen to a station and figure out the call
> >   which is above their current copying speed.  Also, I get stations
> >   responding to my 37WPM CQ with a straight key... copying me perfectly,
> >   and replying with the technology they have.
> >
> >   Years ago, as a newbie, I remember listening for 15 minutes in an SSB
> >   contest before I could get the callsign "KP4AST".  A rite of passage,
> >   the cost to get a new multipler.
> >
> >- Send exchanges using your computer, if you have it.  Nothing turns off
> >   S&P stations in a hurry like mistakes.  Even if you're a perfect
> >   sender, use the key for fills only.  Use the CQ time for other
> >   tasks. We are all human, that's why we use computers!
> >
> >Always remember you are marketing yourself. Have you ever noticed that
> >many of the perennial top 10 finishers in contesting work in marketing
> >in their professional lives?  (Oh Oh, I'm an engineer :-( )
> >
> >73 & HNY,
> >
> >Gerry, W1VE/VE1RM
> >
> >
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